A relationship between environmental degradation and mental health in rural Western Australia

Peter Speldewinde, A. Cook, Peter Davies, Philip Weinstein

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Abstract

Australia is currently experiencing a process of escalating ecosystem degradation. This landscape degradation is associated with many outcomes that may directly or indirectly impact on human health. This study used a Bayesian spatial method to examine the effects of environmental degradation (measured as dryland salinity) on the mental health of the resident rural population. An association was detected between dryland salinity and depression, indicating that environmental processes may be driving the degree of psychological ill-health in these populations. (C) 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)880-887
JournalHealth and Place
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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