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Lindén-Boström, M. & Persson, C. (2015). Disparities in mental health among adolescents with and without impairments. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 43(7), 728-735
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disparities in mental health among adolescents with and without impairments
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 43, no 7, p. 728-735Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To analyse whether there are differences in mental health among adolescents with and without various kinds of impairments, taking into account the number of impairments and gender.

Methods: Data from the study Life & Health - Young People conducted in a Swedish county in 2011 was used. The survey included all students in grades 7 (13-14 years) and 9 (15-16 years) in compulsory school and grade 2 (17-18 years) in upper secondary school; there were 7793 respondents (81.0%). The students answered a questionnaire anonymously during school hours. Various measures of mental health were assessed in the groups: hard of hearing, visual impairment, motor impairment, difficulties in reading/writing/dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactive disorder/attention deficit disorder, other impairment, no impairment.

Results: Of the studied impairments, difficulties in reading/writing/dyslexia are the most common (6.3%), followed by hard of hearing (5.4%). To have at least one impairment is more common among boys (18.2%) than girls (15.4%). In the impairment group, 21.5% have multiple impairments. Adolescents with impairments have worse mental health than those without, and those with multiple impairments have particularly higher odds ratio to have worse mental health. There are also differences in mental health between number and various kinds of impairments and between girls and boys.

Conclusion: Adolescents with impairments, particularly girls and those with multiple impairments, have considerably worse mental health than others. These inequalities in health are an immense challenge, not only for those directly involved with the impaired: they affect everyone involved with the goal health equity for the whole population.

Keywords
Adolescents, impairment, disability, mental health, gender, logistic regression
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46166 (URN)10.1177/1403494815589219 (DOI)000361768900008 ()26229072 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84942091202 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding Agencies:

Region Örebro County, Sweden

Mayflower Charity Foundation for Children, Sweden

Available from: 2015-10-20 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved
Ekbäck, G., Persson, C. & Lindén-Boström, M. (2015). What factors can be protective for both self-rated oral health and general health?. Swedish Dental Journal, 39(2), 99-107
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What factors can be protective for both self-rated oral health and general health?
2015 (English)In: Swedish Dental Journal, ISSN 0347-9994, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 99-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to analyze if the same protective factors are significant for both self-rated health and oral health. It was hypothesized that these factors should be the same.

The material is based on a population sample of 17 113 women and men aged 18-84years in one county in central Sweden.The response rate was 61%.The data were collected through a postal questionnaire "Life and Health" in 2008.The questionnaire comprised of 149 questions and was divided into a number of areas, e.g. socioeconomic conditions, quality of life, social relations, lifestyle, and health. To analyze the strength of the protective factors whilst taking into account the relationships between the various independent variables, multivariate analyses were conducted using binary multiple logistic regression. The outcome measures with the strongest association to general health is belonging to the age group 18-34 years, positive faith in the future, good sleeping pattern and to be employed/ self-employed/retired.

The outcomes with the strongest association to oral health are good finances, belonging to the age group 18-34years, to be born in Sweden and positive faith in the future.

Conclusions.This study shows that, in.general, the same protective factors are significant for both self-rated health and self-rated oral health, making it possible to use the same approach to strengthen both general health and oral health. One important outcome, not often considered, is having positive faith in the future. It is a task for the health care system to strengthen people's faith in the future, partly through a very high quality care when needed, but also through active health promotion that increases the chances of a healthy life, both from a public health perspective as from an oral health perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Swedish Dental Journal, 2015
Keywords
Promotion, Public health, Self-rated oral health
National Category
Dentistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-51416 (URN)000377057900005 ()26529835 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84937896746 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-07-27 Created: 2016-07-19 Last updated: 2018-04-25Bibliographically approved
Lindén-Boström, M., Persson, C. & Eriksson, C. (2010). Bostadsområdets karaktäristika, socialt kapital och självskattad hälsa. In: Charli Eriksson, Eva Järliden, Annika Larsson, Solveig Sandberg (Ed.), Partnerskap för hållbar välfärdsutveckling: utveckling och forskning under sex år i fyra städer (pp. 199-217). Örebro: Örebro universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bostadsområdets karaktäristika, socialt kapital och självskattad hälsa
2010 (Swedish)In: Partnerskap för hållbar välfärdsutveckling: utveckling och forskning under sex år i fyra städer / [ed] Charli Eriksson, Eva Järliden, Annika Larsson, Solveig Sandberg, Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2010, p. 199-217Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2010
Series
Studies in Public Health Science, Örebro University ; 2010:2
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Public health
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-25689 (URN)978-91-7668-733-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-09-03 Created: 2012-09-03 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved
Östlund, U., Wennman-Larsen, A., Persson, C., Gustavsson, P. & Wengström, Y. (2010). Mental health in significant others of patients dying from lung cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 19(1), 29-37
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mental health in significant others of patients dying from lung cancer
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2010 (English)In: Psycho-Oncology, ISSN 1057-9249, E-ISSN 1099-1611, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 29-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Definitions and measures of significant others' mental health vary, but stress processes have been associated with caregiver outcomes of this kind. Thus, various mental health outcomes probably appear, either as specific responses to particular types of caregiver stressors, or as part of a general response resulting from an accumulation of various stressors. The present study explores the occurrence of symptoms of strain with regard to depression, exhaustion, and emotional well-being in significant others of patients dying from lung cancer, and how these symptoms coexist. Methods: Measures used were the Montgomery Asberg Depression Rating Scale, the OLdenburg Burnout Inventory, and the Swedish Health-Related Quality of Life Survey. Data from 84 significant others of patients dying from lung cancer were collected at a time-point during the last 4 months before the patients died and subsequently analysed. The occurrence of symptoms of strain was established by creating cut-off scores from the general population. To explore how the different symptoms coexisted, hierarchical agglomerative cluster analyses were conducted using Ward's method. Results: Approximately 40% of the significant others reported symptoms of strain for each of the three outcomes, and a coexistence was found since the significant others clustered as subgroups, ranging from 'high on all scales' to 'low on all scales'. Conclusion: A considerable proportion of the significant others were thus negatively affected in terms of mental health. We conclude that being a significant other of a person dying from lung cancer most likely results in a general response to this major life event. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Keywords
cancer, caregivers, mental health, oncology, significant others, stress
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36331 (URN)10.1002/pon.1433 (DOI)000273693900004 ()19253315 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-75449099738 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Linden-Bostrom, M., Persson, C. & Eriksson, C. (2010). Neighbourhood characteristics, social capital and self-rated health - A population-based survey in Sweden. BMC Public Health, 10, 628
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neighbourhood characteristics, social capital and self-rated health - A population-based survey in Sweden
2010 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 10, p. 628-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In previous public health surveys large differences in health have been shown between citizens living in different neighbourhoods in the Orebro municipality, which has about 125000 inhabitants. The aim of this study was to investigate the determinants of health with an emphasis on the importance of neighbourhood characteristics such as the influence of neighbourhood social cohesion and social capital. The point of departure in this study was a conceptual model inspired by the work of Carpiano, where different factors related to the neighbourhood have been used to find associations to individual self-rated health. Methods: We used data from the survey 'Life & Health 2004' sent to inhabitants aged 18-84 years in Orebro municipality, Sweden. The respondents (n = 2346) answered a postal questionnaire about living conditions, housing conditions, health risk factors and individual health. The outcome variable was self-rated health. In the analysis we applied logistic regression modelling in various model steps following a conceptual model. Results: The results show that poor self-rated health was associated with social capital, such as lack of personal support and no experience of being made proud even after controlling for strong factors related to health, such as age, disability pension, ethnicity and economic stress. Also the neighbourhood factors, housing area and residential stability were associated with self-rated health. Poor self-rated health was more common among people living in areas with predominately large blocks of flats or areas outside the city centre. Moreover, people who had lived in the same area 1-5 years reported poor health more frequently than those who had lived there longer. Conclusions: The importance of the neighbourhood and social capital for individual health is confirmed in this study. The neighbourhoods could be emphasized as settings for health promotion. They can be constructed to promote social interaction which in turn supports the development of social networks, social support and social capital - all important determinants of health.

National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Health and Medical Care Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12839 (URN)10.1186/1471-2458-10-628 (DOI)000284216200001 ()
Available from: 2011-01-11 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E., Lindén Boström, M. & Persson, C. (2009). Att höra eller nästan inte höra: Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 i Örebro län. Örebro: Örebro läns landsting
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att höra eller nästan inte höra: Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 i Örebro län
2009 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

I linje med FN:s barnkonvention och Konventionen om rättigheter förpersoner med funktionshinder ska ungdomars röst göras hörd. Den härrapporten bygger helt på ungdomars uppgifter om sin verklighet.Studierna Liv & hälsa ung 2005 och 2007 visar att i den reguljära skolanupplever drygt fem procent av eleverna att de har ett funktionshinder närdet gäller hörseln och de rapporterar ofta en utsatt situation. Det finns även hörselskadade ungdomar på specialskolan/riksgymnasiet för döva och hörselskadade. De hörselskadade ungdomarna är en grupp som rapporterar en mängd hälsorelaterade problem, många känner sig mobbade av kamrater eller kränkta av vuxna i skolan. Det är också en grupp som förhållandevis ofta rapporterar bruk av alkohol, tobak och narkotika. De kan även ha andra funktionsnedsättningar eller tinnitus. De hörselskadade ungdomarna är en högriskgrupp som behöver uppmärksammas och få ett bättre anpassat stöd. Det behövs fördjupade studier hur stödet kan utformas på ett relevant sätt, speciellt gäller det dem med flera funktionshinder. För att göra detta är det viktigt att ungdomarna själva involveras i arbetet. Fördjupade studier behövs också om hur hörselskadade ungdomars delaktighet i den reguljära skolan kan förbättras samt om vad som skapar exempelvis stress, trötthet och olyckor. Det behövs åtgärder för att minska den mobbning som sker och inte minst minska det ungdomar rapporterar om kränkning från vuxna. Det behövs riktade insatser för att öka de hörselskadade ungdomarnas simkunnighet och fysiska aktivitet. Det är också av stor betydelse för de hörselskadade och döva ungdomarna att det finns kompetent tvåspråkig (svenska och teckenspråk) personal på ungdomsmottagningar och barnahus.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro läns landsting, 2009. p. 100
Series
Rapportserien - Liv & hälsa ung, ISSN 1652-9332 ; 3
Keywords
ungdomar, funktionsnedsättning, hörselskada, specialskola, skola
National Category
Social Work Social Work Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Epidemiology; socialt arbete; Social Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8349 (URN)
Available from: 2009-11-02 Created: 2009-10-23 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
Brunnberg, E., Lindén Boström, M., Persson, C. & Berglund, M. (2009). Hard-of-hearing adolescents reporting some other disability or tinnitus: a replication study including an age-related analysis. Paper presented at HEAD Graduate School 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hard-of-hearing adolescents reporting some other disability or tinnitus: a replication study including an age-related analysis
2009 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In two previous studies based on the survey, Life & Health Young 2005 in Örebro county 15-16 years old Hard-of-hearing (HH) students with some other disability (HHDIS) and HH with tinnitus (HHTINN) reported considerably higher scores for mental symptoms and substance use than adolescents ‘just‘ HH or hearing adolescents.

 

In order to replicate these findings we analysed the 2007 survey and included adolescents in grade 7, 9 and 2 in secondary school concerning substance use and depression. We also used reference data from the corresponding adult survey Life & Health 2008. In grade 9 HHDIS (2.0%) and HHTINN (2.0 %) both reported strongly increased rates of risky alcohol consumption (55/51% versus 13%), daily tobacco use (57/54% versus 10%) and depression (43/43% versus 14%) than hearing or ´just´ HH adolescents. Similar but less pronounced changes were present in grade 7 and grade 2. In HHDIS increased risk drinking was found until age 35, increased daily tobacco use until age 50 and increased depression until age 65. In HHTINN only rate of depression was increased in adult life.

 

HHDIS and HHTINN thus are important targets for preventive measures. In addition tinnitus in young people can be a marker like disability of vulnerability.

Keywords
ungdom, barn, hörselnedsättning, tinnitus, alkohol, droger, psykisk hälsa
National Category
Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-6666 (URN)
Conference
HEAD Graduate School 2nd summer workshop, 15-16 June 2009
Projects
Liv & hälsa ung
Available from: 2009-05-08 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved
Molarius, A., Berglund, K., Eriksson, C., Eriksson, H. G., Linden-Bostrom, M., Nordstrom, E., . . . Ydreborg, B. (2009). Mental health symptoms in relation to socio-economic conditions and lifestyle factors: a population-based study in Sweden. BMC Public Health, 9, 302
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mental health symptoms in relation to socio-economic conditions and lifestyle factors: a population-based study in Sweden
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2009 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 9, p. 302-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Poor mental health has large social and economic consequences both for the individual and society. In Sweden, the prevalence of mental health symptoms has increased since the beginning of the 1990s. There is a need for a better understanding of the area for planning preventive activities and health care. Methods: The study is based on a postal survey questionnaire sent to a random sample of men and women aged 18-84 years in 2004. The overall response rate was 64%. The area investigated covers 55 municipalities with about one million inhabitants in central part of Sweden. The study population includes 42,448 respondents. Mental health was measured with self-reported symptoms of anxiety/depression (EQ-5D, 5th question). The association between socio-economic conditions, lifestyle factors and mental health symptoms was investigated using multivariate multinomial logistic regression models. Results: About 40% of women and 30% of men reported that they were moderately or extremely anxious or depressed. Younger subjects reported poorer mental health than older subjects, the best mental health was found at ages 65-74 years. Factors that were strongly and independently related to mental health symptoms were poor social support, experiences of being belittled, employment status (receiving a disability pension and unemployment), economic hardship, critical life events, and functional disability. A strong association was also found between how burdensome domestic work was experienced and anxiety/depression. This was true for both men and women. Educational level was not associated with mental health symptoms. Of lifestyle factors, physical inactivity, underweight and risk consumption of alcohol were independently associated with mental health symptoms. Conclusion: Our results support the notion that a ground for good mental health includes balance in social relations, in domestic work and in employment as well as in personal economy both among men and women. In addition, physical inactivity, underweight and risk consumption of alcohol are associated with mental health symptoms independent of socio-economic factors.

National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-13233 (URN)10.1186/1471-2458-9-302 (DOI)000269667300001 ()
Available from: 2011-01-17 Created: 2011-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Persson, C., Östlund, U., Wennman-Larsen, A., Wengström, Y. & Gustavsson, P. (2008). Health-related quality of life in significant others of patients dying from lung cancer. Palliative Medicine: A Multiprofessional Journal, 22(3), 239-247
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2008 (English)In: Palliative Medicine: A Multiprofessional Journal, ISSN 0269-2163, E-ISSN 1477-030X, Vol. 22, no 3, p. 239-247Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study compares health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in significant others of patients dying from lung cancer, with a general population sample. Further, it explores the course of HRQOL from diagnosis (T1), at a time point close to the patient's death M), and six months after the patient's death (T3). The group comparisons at T1 showed that the significant others scored significantly lower on the scales in the mental domain compared with a general population sample. These results were the same at T3, when the significant others also scored lower on most of the scales in the physical and social domains. In the longitudinal analyses, there were significant changes in four scales, and three patterns of change were identified: a decrease-increase pattern for 'self-rated health' and 'positive affect'; a constant decrease pattern for 'family functioning'; and a decrease-stable pattern for 'satisfaction with family functioning'. Thus, living with inoperable lung cancer in the family and then facing the death of a family member affects most of the HRQOL dimensions.

Keywords
Bereavement; Family caregivers; Health-related quality of life; Lung cancer; Palliative care; Significant others
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Nursing Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-36340 (URN)10.1177/0269216307085339 (DOI)000256125200005 ()18477718 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-44849093117 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2014-09-11 Created: 2014-09-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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