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Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study

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Seib, C; Anderson, D; Lee, K; Humphreys, J
Published in: Maturitas
2013

Objective To examine the extent to which socio-demographics, modifiable lifestyle, and physical health status influence the mental health of post-menopausal Australian women. Methods Cross-sectional data on health status, chronic disease and modifiable lifestyle factors were collected from a random cross-section of 340 women aged 60-70 years, residing in Queensland, Australia. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to measure the effect of a range of socio-demographic characteristics, modifiable lifestyle factors, and health markers (self-reported physical health, history of chronic illness) on the latent construct of mental health status. Mental health was evaluated using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 12 (SF-12 ® ) and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D). Results The model was a good fit for the data (χ 2 = 4.582, df = 3, p = 0.205) suggesting that mental health is negatively correlated with sleep disturbance (β = -0.612, p < 0.001), and a history of depression (β = -0.141, p = 0.024).While mental health was associated with poor sleep, it was not correlated with most lifestyle factors (BMI, alcohol consumption, or cigarette smoking) or socio-demographics like age, income or employment category and they were removed from the final model. Conclusion Research suggests that it is important to engage in a range of health promoting behaviors to preserve good health. We found that predictors of current mental health status included sleep disturbance, and past mental health problems, while socio-demographics and modifiable lifestyle had little impact. It may be however, that these factors influenced other variables associated with the mental health of post-menopausal women, and these relationships warrant further investigation. © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Maturitas

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0378-5122

Publication Date

2013

Volume

76

Issue

4

Start / End Page

377 / 383

Related Subject Headings

  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Risk Factors
  • Queensland
  • Postmenopause
  • Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Health
  • Life Style
 

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Seib, C., Anderson, D., Lee, K., & Humphreys, J. (2013). Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study. Maturitas, 76(4), 377–383. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.09.003
Seib, C., D. Anderson, K. Lee, and J. Humphreys. “Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study.” Maturitas 76, no. 4 (2013): 377–83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.09.003.
Seib, C., et al. “Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study.” Maturitas, vol. 76, no. 4, 2013, pp. 377–83. Manual, doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.09.003.
Seib C, Anderson D, Lee K, Humphreys J. Predictors of mental health in post-menopausal women: Results from the Australian healthy aging of women study. Maturitas. 2013;76(4):377–383.
Journal cover image

Published In

Maturitas

DOI

ISSN

0378-5122

Publication Date

2013

Volume

76

Issue

4

Start / End Page

377 / 383

Related Subject Headings

  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Sleep Wake Disorders
  • Risk Factors
  • Queensland
  • Postmenopause
  • Obstetrics & Reproductive Medicine
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Health
  • Life Style