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Complex inequalities in mental health

Research project This project is about complex inequalities in mental health, i.e. inequalities marked by more than one background characteristic such as the combination of gender and income or sexual orientation and education. By this we wish to contribute with a multifaceted picture of inequalities in mental health to inform decision making.

The project, which started in November 2016, is conduced as commission research based on an agreement with the Public Health Agency of Sweden. It comprises five sub projects using data from international literature, the national public health survey and qualitative field work. The project explores different ways of applying intersectionality theory in research about, what we call, complex inequalities. With the literature reviews we, among other things, aim to identify and describe previously applied methods that have been used to analyze complex inequalities in mental health. Through the quantitative data analyses we, for example, map out complex inequalities based on combinations of six different background characteristics. Through the qualitative field work we explore how the interaction between different living conditions and living habits are enacted in everyday life and how it affects mental health. The results of this project will contribute to the report on the determinants of mental health inequalities which the Public Health Agency of Sweden will pass over to the Government in October 2018.

Head of project

Project overview

Project period:

2016-11-01 2018-09-30


Folkhälsomyndigheten, 2016-2018: SEK 2,050,000

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health

Research area

Public health and health care science
Latest update: 2018-06-28