Ongoing Health Inequality in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population in Australia:Stressful Event, Resilience, and Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Difficulties

Jing Sun, Nicholas Buys, Dion Tatow, Lindsay Johnson
2012 International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences  
This study aims to examine psychosocial factors associated with mental health and emotional well-being difficulties in a group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. A self-reported survey was administered to 155 participants aged 18-80 from five Indigenous communities, who were recruited through local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. Stress, resilience, mental health and emotional well-being were measured. Structural Equation Modelling was used to analyse the
more » ... nalyse the association of stress and resilience with mental health and emotional well-being difficulties. Seventy-eight participants had no mental health or emotional well-being difficulties but 77 participants were at risk. Low levels of resilience emerged as a key psychosocial factor associated with mental health and emotional well-being difficulties while high levels of resilience were associated with a reduced risk. High levels of stress was related to an increased risk of experiencing mental health and emotional well-being difficulties. Improving our understanding of psychological characteristics associated with resilience in the face of stress can inform prevention and treatment interventions for stress-exposed individuals.
doi:10.5923/j.ijpbs.20120201.06 fatcat:ytztpwvbvnajhlyy3ktpzlyxka