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Journal Article

Low Socioeconomic Status and Mental Disorders: A Longitudinal Study of Selection and Causation during Young Adulthood

Richard A. Miech, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt, Bradley R. Entner Wright and Phil A. Silva
American Journal of Sociology
Vol. 104, No. 4 (January 1999), pp. 1096-1131
DOI: 10.1086/210137
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/210137
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Abstract

This article examines low socioeconomic staus (SES) as both a cause and a consequence of mental illnesses by investigating the mutual influence of mental disorders and educational attainment, a core element of SES. The analyses are based on a longitudinal panel design and focus on four disorders: anxiety, depression, antisocial disorder, and attention deficit disorder. The article shows that each disorder has a unique relationship with SES, highlighting the need for greater consideration of antisocial disorders in the status attainment process and for further theoretical development in the sociology of mental disorders to account for disorder‐specific relations with SES.

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