Inverse Association Between Subjective Social Status, Psychiatric Disorder Risk Examined

Medwire News (11/6, McDermid) reports that according to a study published online Oct. 29 in JAMA Psychiatry, there appears to be “an inverse association between people’s subjective social status (SSS) and the likelihood of them having a psychiatric disorder.” After examining data from 20 studies involving approximatley 56,000 individuals, researchers found that the “association was evident for all 16 mental disorders assessed, including bipolar disorder, and was independent of people’s objective social status, based on measures of income, education and occupation.” This finding led the study authors to surmise that “studies relying on objective measures of socioeconomic status may underestimate the size of the association between social circumstances and mental health.”

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— “Low subjective social status linked to mental disorder risk,” Eleanor McDermid, Medwire News, November 6, 2014.

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