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This report, which is one of a series, is concerned with socio-demographic correlates of self-referral, and the extent to which the observed associations can be explained by variations in symptom prevalence and severity. Social class, marital status, employment status, and distance from health centre, all show small but significant associations with(More)
The prevalence of symptoms in the community is sometimes used as an index of untreated morbidity. However, such an index can be very misleading unless it makes allowance for differences in symptom severity between declared and undeclared patients. Recent attenders at one health centre were compared with controls who had not seen their GPs for at least three(More)
The prevalence of psychiatric disorder was determined according to alternative diagnostic criteria in a random sample of 576 women from an Edinburgh community. Whichever diagnostic system was applied, significantly higher rates of disorder were found among the working class, the unemployed and women who were divorced, widowed, separated or cohabiting; in(More)
Brown, Bhrolchain & Harris (1975) have found that intimate social relationship may afford some protection against the onset of depressive illness in women. Our investigation involved 337 subjects sampled from the list of one general practice. Half had consulted their doctor within the previous 7 days and half had not. It examined the association between(More)
This paper examines the relationship between life events (ascertained by the Bedford College method) and the onset of affective disorder (defined according to the RDC scheme) in a longitudinal general population survey of women. Fall-off in the reporting of minor events is examined and discussed. Event rates, proportions of women challenged by events, and(More)
Life stressors for 574 Edinburgh women were assessed for uncertain outcome, impaired relationships and other characteristics. Thirteen weeks were covered either with no illness present or before a transient episode of Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC)-defined anxiety/depression (duration less than 13 weeks) or before a longer episode or before illness(More)