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Social mobility over the lifecourse and self reported mental health at age 50: Prospective cohort study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul Tiffin, Professor Mark PearceORCiD, Professor Louise Parker


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Study objective: To investigate the effect of socioeconomic status throughout the lifecourse on self reported mental health at age 50 years. Design: Prospective cohort study Setting: Community setting in Newcastle upon Tyne, norm east England. Participants: 503 subjects from a birth cohort assembled in 1947 who completed the 28 item version of the general health questionnaire (GHQ-28). Main results: There was an association between socio-economic group at birth and reporting a clinically significant GHQ-28 score at age 50 (OR 5.5 95% CI 1.2 to 25.4 comparing the least with the most advantaged socioeconomic group). A downward socioeconomic trajectory over the whole lifecourse was associated with poorer self reported mental health in men (p<0.001) but not women (p = 0.8). Conclusions: Socioeconomic position throughout the life-course may act differently on mental health at middle age depending on a person's sex.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tiffin PA, Pearce MS, Parker L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Year: 2005

Volume: 59

Issue: 10

Pages: 870-872

Print publication date: 01/10/2005

ISSN (print): 0143-005X

ISSN (electronic): 1470-2738

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/jech.2005.035246

PubMed id: 16166361


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