Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (SOC PSYCH PSYCH EPID)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology is intended to provide a medium for the prompt publication of scientific contributions concerned with all aspects of the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders - social biological and genetic. In addition the journal has a particular focus on the effects of social conditions upon behaviour and the relationship between psychiatric disorders and the social environment. Such contributions may be of a clinical nature provided they relate to social issues or they may deal with specialised investigations in the fields of social psychology sociology anthropology epidemiology health service research health economies or social administration. Original work and review articles may be submitted. Fields of interest: Social psychology sociology anthropology epidemiology health service research health economies social administration.

Current impact factor: 2.54

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.537
2013 Impact Factor 2.575
2012 Impact Factor 2.861
2011 Impact Factor 2.696
2010 Impact Factor 2.147
2009 Impact Factor 2.052
2008 Impact Factor 1.959

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.73
Cited half-life 7.80
Immediacy index 0.60
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.85
Website Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology website
Other titles Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology (Online), Soc psychiatry psychiatr epidemiol
ISSN 0933-7954
OCLC 43804529
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1158-3
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders among upper primary school children in grades five through seven in Kenya. Methods: The Youth Self Report (YSR) instrument was adapted for use in Kenyan schools and administered to 2267 school children in grades five through seven from 23 randomly selected schools. We estimated the prevalence of DSM-IV mental disorders, and used logistic regression analyses to examine the socio-demographic factors associated with each disorder. Results: The prevalence of any mental disorder among Kenyan school children was 37.7 % (95 % CI = 35.7-39.7 %). Somatic complaints were the most prevalent (29.6 %, 95 % CI = 27.8-31.5 %), followed by affective disorders (14.1 %, 95 % CI = 12.7-15.6 %) and conduct disorder (12.5 %, 95 % CI = 11.2-13.9). The presence of one or more comorbid mental disorder was seen among 18.2 % (95 % CI = 16.6-19.8 %) of children. Male sex, living in a peri-urban vs. rural area, being held back in school, having divorced or separated parents, and having an employed mother were associated with an increased likelihood of having most of the mental disorders examined, whereas increasing age was associated with a reduced likelihood. Conclusions: We observed a high prevalence of mental disorders among school children in Kenya. If not detected early, these disorders may interfere with children's psychological, social, and educational development. Our findings highlight the importance of implementing screening measures in schools that can detect single and multiple disorders in order to improve the mental health and well-being of the next generation.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1132-0
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To analyze the prevalence of hospitalization attributable to psychosis in Spain over the last three decades. Methods: Longitudinal analysis (1980-2009) of age-adjusted hospital discharges rates associated with psychosis (ICD9 290-8) in all Spanish hospitals. Data source: Spanish Hospital Morbidity Survey. Results: The hospitalization rate associated with psychotic episodes had been gradually increasing since 1980 until 2004; an abrupt turnaround observed in 2004 marks the beginning of a steady decline in the rate. The turning point described is not observed for each of the psychotic diagnoses separately analyzed. However, it is clearly seen when data are grouped in diagnosis-related groups (organic-psychosis, functional psychosis and substance-induced psychosis) since the time course of the diseases within the major diagnostic groups are interrelated as evidenced by shared turning points which collectively display a common time course pattern. Main hospital indicators and antipsychotic drug prescriptions were analyzed for any possible turning point in mid-2000s. Psychiatric hospital beds and length of stays remained stable by 2004; the hospitalizations associated with non-psychotic psychiatric pathologies show no turning point in 2004. However, an abrupt change on antipsychotic drug prescriptions is precisely observed in 2004. Conclusions: After decades of linear growth, hospitalizations for psychotic patients begin to decline in 2004, coinciding with the start of last generation atypical antipsychotic drug consumption in Spain. Some of the psychotic diagnostic rates evolve in an interrelated manner which calls into question the diagnosis and nosological boundaries between some of these pathologies.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1128-9
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    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 06/2015; 50(7). DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1079-1
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Although the important public health issues of food insecurity and suicide may be interconnected, they are rarely studied. Using data from a national survey, we examined whether household food insecurity was associated with suicidal ideation after adjusting for relevant covariates. Methods: We examined cross-sectional data from three Canadian provinces (n = 5,270) that were derived from the 2007 Canadian Community Health Survey and included adults (18+ years). Suicidal ideation was based on affirmative response to the question of whether or not the participant had seriously considered committing suicide in the previous 12 months. The Household Food Security Survey Module provided measures of moderate (indication of compromise in quality and/or quantity of food consumed) and severe (indication of reduced food intake and disrupted eating patterns) food insecurity status. Logistic regression determined associations between food insecurity and suicidal ideation with adjustment for demographics, body mass index, and presence of a mood disorder. Results: There were differences in the proportion experiencing suicide ideation according to moderate (14.7 vs 10.0 % without suicide ideation) and severe (16.4 vs 7.1 % without suicide ideation) food security (p < 0.001). With covariate adjustment, suicidal ideation was significantly associated with moderate (adjusted OR = 1.32, 95 % CI 1.06-1.64) and severe (adjusted OR = 1.77, 95 % CI 1.42-2.23) food insecurity. Conclusions: The findings of a robust association between food insecurity and suicidal ideation suggest that interventions targeted at food security may reduce suicide-related morbidity and mortality. Longitudinal investigations that examine various dimensions of food insecurity will advance understanding of etiological pathways involved in food insecurity and suicide.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 06/2015; 50(6):963-72. DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1018-1
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    ABSTRACT: Associations between thyroid diseases and depression have been described since the 1960s but there is a lack of population-based studies investigating associations of thyroid diseases with depression and anxiety defined by gold-standard methods. Thus, the aim was to investigate the association of diagnosed thyroid disorders, serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, and anti-thyroid-peroxidase antibodies (TPO-abs) with depression and anxiety. We used data from 2142 individuals, who participated in the first follow-up of the Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP-1) and in the Life-Events and Gene-Environment Interaction in Depression (LEGEND). DSM-VI diagnoses of major depression disorder and anxiety were defined using the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview; the Beck depression inventory (BDI-II) was used for the assessment of current depressive symptoms. Thyroid diseases were assessed by interviews and by biomarkers and were associated with depression and anxiety using Poisson regression adjusted for age, sex, marital status, educational level, smoking status, BMI, and the log-transformed time between SHIP-1 and LEGEND. Untreated diagnosed hypothyroidism was positively associated with the BDI-II-score and with anxiety, while untreated diagnosed hyperthyroidism was significantly related to MDD during the last 12 months. Serum TSH levels and TPO-Abs were not significantly associated with depression and anxiety. In sub-analyses, distinct interactions were found between childhood maltreatment and thyroid disorders in modifying the association on depression and anxiety disorders. Our results substantiate evidence that diagnosed untreated hypothyroidism is associated with depression and anxiety, and that diagnosed untreated hyperthyroidism is associated with depression.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 03/2015; 50(9). DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1043-0