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J Epidemiol Community Health 63:19 doi:10.1136/jech.2009.096701s
  • Wednesday 9 September, Parallel session A
  • Mental health

Social class differences in anxiety and depression across the life-course: evidence from three cohorts in the west of Scotland

  1. M. J. Green,
  2. M. Benzeval
  1. Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, UK

      Background

      Studies of social inequalities in common mental disorders – anxiety and depression – often use measures that do not discriminate between conditions, but these disorders may differ from one another in their social patterning across the lifecourse. The Twenty-07 Study includes the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), which has sub-scales for each condition, allowing possible differences in patterning to be examined.

      Objective

      To investigate the age trajectories for anxiety and depression by social class.

      Design and Setting

      Prospective …