Researchers from Spain, Austria, Belgium and Portugal report in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology that, contrary to previous literature, there are social inequalities in the prevalence of mental disorders in Europe. Being younger, unemployed or disabled, little or no education, living in urban settings, and living in Northern Ireland, Portugal or Belgium were associated with a higher prevalence. Income, however, was not associated with inequalities in mental health. Data from 34,395 individuals in Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania and Spain were collected.
Pinto-Meza, A., Moneta, M., et al; Social inequalities in mental health: results from the EU contribution to the World Mental Health Surveys Initiative. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s00127-012-0536-3