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The mental health of young Australian women: a comparison of two national cohorts surveyed 17-21 years apart


Previous ALSWH research has demonstrated poorer physical health outcomes, and higher levels of stress, for women born 1989-95 compared to women born 1973-78. This project will extend this earlier work by comparing the self-reported mental health of the 1989-95 and 1973-78 ALSWH cohorts, who were surveyed 17-21 years apart, when both groups were aged 18–27 years. We will identify whether sociodemographic factors, health behaviours or other factors explain any mental health differences identified between the cohorts over time. We will also examine which risk and protective factors are the most salient in terms of mental health outcomes for young women, and whether these have also changed over time.