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The influence of daily living circumstances on late life changes in women's emotional well-being


Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness, and includes capacities to adapt to day-to-daystresses of normal life and the ability to work productively, and make a contribution to the community, indicated by emotional and social as well as physical well-being.Investigations of mental health have focused predominantly on understanding the nature, prevalence and determinants of mental disorders, but these do not reveal the characteristics and circumstances of optimal emotional wellbeing. The proposed study is to investigate the determinants, including social and economic circumstances and physical health, of trajectories of optimal emotional well-being among older Australian women.