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

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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 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1128-9
  • 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; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1043-0
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    ABSTRACT: Poor mental health is associated with teen dating violence (TDV), but whether there are specific types of psychiatric disorders that could be targeted with intervention to reduce TDV remains unknown. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to assess the associations of psychiatric disorders that emerged prior to dating initiation with subsequent physical dating violence in a nationally representative sample from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, adjusting statistically for adverse childhood experiences. In adjusted models, internalizing disorders (AOR 1.14, 95 % CI 1.04,1.25; no sex differences noted) and externalizing disorders (males: AOR 1.28, 95 % CI 1.10, 1.49; females: AOR 1.85, 95 % CI 1.55, 2.21) were associated with subsequent involvement in any physical dating violence victimization or perpetration before the age of 21. Those at greatest risk included girls with ADHD and a substance use disorder, in particular. The range of psychiatric disorders associated with TDV is broader than has generally been recognized for both boys and girls. Clinical and public health prevention programs should incorporate strategies for addressing multiple pathways through which poor mental health may put adolescents at risk for TDV.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1044-z
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined cross-sectional time trends in health complaints among adolescents living in Switzerland, including differences between population subgroups and sources of differential response to items. Swiss data were analysed from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC; including 11-15 years old) from 1994 (n = 7008), 1998 (n = 8296), 2002 (n = 9066) and 2006 (n = 9255). Structural equation modelling was used to assess (1) the structure of the HBSC Symptom Checklist (HBSC-SCL; questionnaire, which asks about the frequency of eight health complaints) and (2) associations between the HBSC-SCL with year of data collection and demographic characteristics of the participants. Two correlated factors fitted the data better than a single factor. The psychological factor included the items 'feeling low,' 'irritability and bad temper,' 'nervousness' and 'difficulties in getting to sleep,' and the somatic factor the items 'headache', 'backache', 'stomach ache' and 'dizziness'. Relative to 1994, lower levels of psychological health complaints were experienced in 1998, 2002 and 2006. However, the changes were only minor. In contrast, somatic health complaints increased monotonically over the years of the survey. Experiencing psychological and somatic health complaints was more pronounced with age among females relative to males and was associated with living in particular language regions of Switzerland. Different cross-sectional time trends were identified for the psychological and somatic latent variables, indicating that both factors should be investigated when studying period effects.
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 03/2015; 50(8). DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1040-3
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    ABSTRACT: The four articles commissioned for this issue of Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology are all concerned with the difficulties created for the process of psychiatric classification by the distribution of mental phenomena. I will use the individual papers as the basis of an overall evaluation of the problem of classification in the imperfect world of psychiatry. In particular, what are classifications for, how good can they be, how helpful can they be, and in what ways?Classification and disease theoriesBecause it encapsulates the concept of disease, classification is the central feature of the medical approach towards issues of health. The division of ill-health into categories is based on the belief that this will ultimately enable the rational allotment of treatments. This in turn is because the categories are held to reflect inherent processes (reflected as aetiology and pathology) that might in theory provide targets for specific treatments. Disease classes (syndromes) are ...
    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 02/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1007/s00127-015-1033-2