Trajectories of mental well-being around critical live events: longitudinal analyses based on the SF12-questionnaire

Trajectories of mental well-being around critical live events: longitudinal analyses based on the SF12-questionnaire

Nicolas Sommet and Leen Vandecasteele invite Marco Giesselmann from the University of Zurich in order to give a lecture for the LINES / LIVES conferences "Life course and social inequalities".

Since the beginning of the 2000s, an approved measurement of mental health has been integrated into several large scale, representative longitudinal surveys: the Short Form 12/36 Health Questionnaire (SF12/36). A common indicator derived from this questionnaire is the Mental Component Summary score (MCS). This indicator is particularly relevant for sociology, and specifically suitable for life course related research: the underlying items address mental tensions and stress - typical outcomes of social stigma and role conflict associated with critical life course transitions. Compared with standard measures of well-being and life satisfaction, MCS shows a curbed short-term impact of critical life events on well-being. On the basis of data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study (SOEP), it also appears that MCS is not subject to the baseline effects, but rather captures enduring impacts of life course transitions.

Venue

  • Monday, 21 octobre 2019 - 12:15-13:30
  • University of Lausanne, Géopolis, room 5799