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Does employment security modify the effect of housing affordability on mental health?

Bentley, Rebecca, Baker, Emma, LaMontagne, Anthony, King, Tania, Mason, Kate and Kavanagh, Anne 2016, Does employment security modify the effect of housing affordability on mental health?, SSM - Population Health, vol. 2, pp. 778-783, doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.09.003.

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Title Does employment security modify the effect of housing affordability on mental health?
Author(s) Bentley, Rebecca
Baker, Emma
LaMontagne, AnthonyORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
King, Tania
Mason, Kate
Kavanagh, Anne
Journal name SSM - Population Health
Volume number 2
Start page 778
End page 783
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 2352-8273
Summary This paper uses longitudinal data to examine the interrelationship between two central social determinants of mental health – employment security and housing affordability. Data from ten annual waves of the longitudinal Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey (which commenced in 2000/1 and is ongoing) were analysed using fixed-effects longitudinal linear regression. Change in the SF-36 Mental Component Summary (MCS) score of working age individuals (25–64 years) (51,885 observations of 10,776 people), associated with changes in housing affordability was examined. Models were adjusted for income, age, survey year, experience of serious injury/illness and separation/divorce. We tested for an additive interaction between the security of a household's employment arrangements and housing affordability. People in insecurely employed households appear more vulnerable than people in securely employed households to negative mental health effects of housing becoming unaffordable. In adjusted models, people in insecurely employed households whose housing became unaffordable experienced a decline in mental health (B=−1.06, 95% CI −1.75 to −0.38) while people in securely employed households experienced no difference on average. To progress our understanding of the Social Determinants of Health this analysis provides evidence of the need to bridge the (largely artificial) separation of social determinants, and understand how they are related.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ssmph.2016.09.003
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30088611

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