Prevalence of psychological distress and its association with sociodemographic and HIV-risk factors in South Africa: findings of the 2012 HIV prevalence, incidence and behaviour survey

SOURCE: SSM-Population Health
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): J.C.Mthembu, M.L.H.Mabaso, G.Khan, L.C.Simbayi
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENT BOYS, HIV/AIDS, PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS, RISK BEHAVIOUR
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC), Deputy CEO: Research (DCEO_R), Deputy CEO: Research (ERKC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10180
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/12296

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Abstract

In South Africa, there are limited nationally representative data on the prevalence and factors associated with psychological distress. This study used a 2012 nationally representative population-based household survey to investigate factors associated with psychological distress in South Africa. The survey is based on a multistage stratified cross-sectional design. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression models were fitted to identify factors associated with psychological distress. There is a need to develop strategies to alleviate psychological distress in the general population, with a particular focus on those who may be more vulnerable to distress such as females, the aged, excessive alcohol users, the unemployed, people living with HIV and those residing in urban areas as identified in the current findings.