An analysis of mental stress in Ireland, 1994-2000

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Title: An analysis of mental stress in Ireland, 1994-2000
Authors: Madden, David (David Patrick)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/45
Date: Aug-2007
Abstract: The General Health Questionnair(GHQ) is frequently used as a measure of mental well-being with those people with values below a certain threshold regarded as suffering from mental stress. Comparison of mental stress levels across populations may then be sensitive to the chosen threshold. This paper uses stochastic dominance techniques to show that mental stress fell in Ireland over the 1994 to 2000 period regardless of the threshold chosen. Decomposition techniques suggest that changes in the proportion unemployed and in the protective effect of income, education and marital status upon mental health were the principal factors underlying this fall.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dubin; School of Economics
Keywords: General Health Questionnaire;Mental stress;Dominance (statisical);decomposition
Subject LCSH: Stress (Psychology)
Stress (Psychology)--Testing
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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