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Psychological distress levels in adults per 100,000 persons



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This FACT indicates the psychological distress levels of adults in each Australian capital city, per 100,000 persons.

Mental health problems can stem from factors that are associated with attributes of a low socio-economic background, such as unemployment, lower income and poor physical health. The numbers, obtained from the State of Australian Cities 2011 Report, uses data gathered from the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale. The scale measures non-specific psychological distress based on 10 questions asked of respondents about negative emotional states.

The city which reported 'high' and 'highest' levels of distress was Canberra, at 10.0 per 100,000 people. Adelaide was ranked second with a marginal difference (9.4 per 100,000). The city with the lowest levels of psychological distress was Hobart, at 4.1 people per 100,000.

Low is good

Based on the Commonwealth of Australia, State of Australian Cities data from 2011

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