Risk Factors for Poor Mental Health and Family Contagion
Dr Aideen Maguire, Dr Dermot O’Reilly and Dr Michael Rosato
Queen’s University Belfast
Mental ill health places a major disease burden on society and Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of poor mental health in the UK. A range of risk factors for poor mental health have been identified including deprivation, low education, unemployment, co-morbid physical health problems and family history. However, there are many questions relating to mental health that remain unclear; some of these form the basis of the proposed study and are listed below.
- What is the relationship between poor mental health and family exposure
- What is the association between area deprivation and poor mental, i.e. is the observed association due to (i) an increased number of people with poor mental health or (ii) a higher concentration of families with concentrated poor mental health
- Which particular physical health problems are associated with the greatest increase in poor mental health
- What is the relationship between multi-morbidity and poor mental health
- Does a history of poor mental health increase the mortality risk of those suffering from multi-morbidity
- Does a history of poor mental health in parents increase the risk of suicide in off-spring
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