The importance of gender and socio-economic disadvantage for the mental health of people living with disability

Project Details

The research aims to:

  1. Develop our understanding of:
    • the ways in which the social and economic conditions of adult women and men living with disabilities differs from people without disabilities, focusing on housing, employment and education circumstances
    • how the social and economic circumstances of adult women and men living with disabilities influences their mental health
  2. Identify gaps in our knowledge about the ways in which gender and socio-economic disadvantage shape the mental health of people with disabilities
  3. Develop an evidence basze to inform cross-policy policy development and service delivery in relation to housing, employment, education and mental health for people with disabilities

Project summary

The twenty percent of Australians reporting a disability are more likely to live in disadvantaged circumstances such as inadequate housing; being unemployed; and lower levels of education all of which may contribute to poor mental health. Yet there has not been research on the mental health of people with disabilities. This means that disability services and advocacy groups, which deal daily with the lived experiences of disadvantage and poor mental health for people with disabilities, do not have evidence to support policy and service sector reform.
This project brings together two research fields: health inequities and disability research, to develop an evidence-base regarding how socio-economic disadvantage (with a focus on housing, employment and education) and gender shape the mental health of people with disabilities. Quantitative analyses of existing datasets and qualitative interviews with people with disabilities will be used to develop the evidence base.
This project will provide this critical evidence as well as build research capacity in disability-related research and lead to better monitoring of disability-related health inequities. The findings will inform the policy development, service delivery and future research for people with disabilities.

Researchers

Professor Anne Kavanagh

Ms Zoe Aitken

Dr Emma Baker (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Adelaide, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP), School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

Professor Andrew Beer (Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Adelaide, Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP), School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, South Australia

A/Professor Rebecca Bentley

Professor Anthony LaMontagne (School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Victoria)

Ms Lauren Krnjacki

Funding


ARC Linkage Grant and VicHealth

Research Group

Gender and Women's Health



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

Unit / Centre

Gender and Women's Health