Common Mental Disorders and Contemporary Factors: 1982 Birth Cohort

Rev Bras Enferm. 2020 Feb 10;73(1):e20180162. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2018-0162. eCollection 2020.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objective: To describe the association between common mental disorders and socio-demographic variables, smoking habits and stressful events among the 30-year-old members of a 1982 cohort.

Method: Mental disorder was analyzed by the Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20). Poisson regression was used to analyze the unadjusted and adjusted associations.

Results: Low level of education and stressful events increased the prevalence of mental disorders for both genders. Lower income for women and unemployment for men also remained associated with CMD.

Conclusion: It was possible to describe the association between contemporary factors and mental disorders in a young population, to which prevention and control measures, through public policies proposed to the areas of Primary Care, Mental Health and Education, can represent a better quality of life and health.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brazil / epidemiology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Prevalence
  • Psychometrics / instrumentation
  • Psychometrics / methods
  • Surveys and Questionnaires