Abstract

The prevalence of psychological distress and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) was examined in an urban Aboriginal population sample and an urban non- Aboriginal population sample through the use of a modified 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ- 12) and the Seasonal Pattern Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ). Compared to non-Aboriginal participants (n=49), urban Aboriginal participants (n=43) were approximately three times more likely to exhibit psychological distress, and approximately four times more likely to exhibit SAD. Participants who perceived their health as poor/fair were also more likely to exhibit psychological distress. These findings provide a greater understanding of the mental health status of an urban Aboriginal group; further research is required with a larger sample size.

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