Social Disparities in the Prevalence of Mental Disorders

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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.

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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

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]