Bryan Rodgers

Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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    ABSTRACT: Widely held stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs toward bulimic eating disorders may lead to self-blame and reduced treatment seeking. Knowledge and familiarity with mental disorders may help decrease associated stigma. However, these relationships are not well understood in bulimia nervosa (BN). A community sample of 1828 adults aged 18 to 70 years completed a survey assessing stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs toward BN, knowledge and familiarity with the disorder, as well as levels of eating disorder symptoms. Knowledge of BN was negatively associated with three dimensions of stigmatization, personal responsibility (ρ = -0.28), unreliability (ρ = -0.19), and advantages of BN (ρ = -0.23). Familiarity revealed no association with stigmatization. Both men and women with high levels of eating disorder symptoms perceived BN as less serious than the participants with low levels of symptoms. Increasing community knowledge about bulimia may help mitigate stigmatization and perceived barriers to treatment.
  • Bruce M Smyth, Maria Vnuk, Bryan Rodgers, Vu Son
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    ABSTRACT: Child support compliance continues to be a thorny policy issue. In Australia, major changes to the Child Support Scheme were introduced between 2006 and 2008, featuring a markedly different and purportedly ‘fairer’ system for the calculation of child support. Extra resources were also provided to the Child Support Agency (CSA) to ensure that child support is paid in full and on time. Did these initiatives lead to greater compliance by payers with their child support obligations? This article explores this question by examining child support compliance among several national random samples of CSA clients just prior to, 1 year after, and 3 years after, the introduction of a new child support formula on 1 July 2008. The new formula and strengthened enforcement regime appear to have had very little impact on compliance behaviour in Australia.
    Journal of Family Studies 01/2015; 20(3):204-220. DOI:10.1080/13229400.2014.11082007 · 0.25 Impact Factor
  • Bryan Rodgers, Bruce M. Smyth, Elly Robinson
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    ABSTRACT: Mental health issues permeate the family law system - at least according to anecdote. Yet such issues are rarely mentioned in family-law research, policy, and practice. This article aims to stimulate discussion about the sometimes close and complex links between mental health issues and family law, and suggests a framework for how the family-law system might provide better emotional support to families in transition.
    Journal of Family Studies 12/2014; 10(1):50-70. DOI:10.5172/jfs.327.10.1.50 · 0.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We aimed to investigate antidepressant use, including the class of antidepressant, in mid-age and older Australians according to sociodemographic, lifestyle and physical and mental health-related factors. Baseline questionnaire data on 111,705 concession card holders aged ⩾45 years from the 45 and Up Study-a population-based cohort study from New South Wales, Australia-were linked to administrative pharmaceutical data. Current- and any-antidepressant users were those dispensed medications with Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical classification codes beginning N06A, within ⩽6 months and ⩽19 months before baseline, respectively; non-users had no antidepressants dispensed ⩽19 months before baseline. Multinomial logistic regression was used to calculate adjusted relative risk ratios (aRRRs) for predominantly self-reported factors in relation to antidepressant use. Some 19% of the study population (15% of males and 23% of females) were dispensed at least one antidepressant during the study period; 40% of participants used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) only and 32% used tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) only. Current antidepressant use was markedly higher in those reporting: severe versus no physical impairment (aRRR 3.86(95%CI 3.67-4.06)); fair/poor versus excellent/very good self-rated health (4.04(3.83-4.25)); high/very high versus low psychological distress (7.22(6.81-7.66)); ever- versus never-diagnosis of depression by a doctor (18.85(17.95-19.79)); low-dose antipsychotic use versus no antipsychotic use (12.26(9.85-15.27)); and dispensing of ⩾10 versus <5 other medications (5.97(5.62-6.34)). Sociodemographic and lifestyle factors were also associated with use, although to a lesser extent. Females, older people, those with lower education and those with poorer health were more likely to be current antidepressant users than non-users and were also more likely to use TCAs-only versus SSRIs-only. Use of antidepressants is substantially higher in those with physical ill-health and in those reporting a range of adverse mental health measures. In addition, sociodemographic factors, including sex, age and education were also associated with antidepressant use and the class of antidepressant used. © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2014.
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 12/2014; 49(3). DOI:10.1177/0004867414560653 · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective : We sought to test the hypothesis that eating-disordered behavior (EDB) is associated with comparable levels of impairment in psychosocial functioning in men and women. Method: Postal questionnaires that assessed EDB (binge eating, purging, extreme dietary restriction, excessive exercise and weight/shape overvaluation) and psychosocial impairment (general psychological distress, life satisfaction and social support) were completed by a general population sample of men (n = 1011) and women (n = 1897). Results: Binge eating, purging and overvaluation were associated with comparable levels of psychosocial impairment for both men and women and this was the case for each of the three measures of psychosocial functioning employed. Extreme dietary restriction was associated with greater psychosocial impairment in women than in men, whereas excessive exercise was not associated with psychosocial impairment in either women or men. Conclusions: There appear to be few differences between men and women in terms of psychosocial impairment associated with EDB. It may no longer be appropriate to base the development of eating disorder prevention programs on the premise that EDB is primarily a problem of women. Health professionals may be more likely to see more men with EDB in their practices in the future.
    Eating Behaviors 12/2014; 15(4). DOI:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2014.08.015 · 1.58 Impact Factor
  • Journal of Eating Disorders 11/2014; 2(Suppl 1):O41-O41. DOI:10.1186/2050-2974-2-S1-O41
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. Method: Data from 202,584 Australians participating in the large-scale 45 and Up Study was used. Psychological distress was measured by the Kessler psychological distress scale. Associations between different work status and reasons for retirement with psychological distress were assessed for men and women at different ages using logistic regression. Results: Being fully retired or unemployed was associated with the high levels of psychological distress compared to being in paid work for men and women aged 45-64 (p < 0.0001), and for men aged 65-74 years (p ≤ 0.0014). At the age of 75-79 years, there was no difference in psychological distress between different work statuses. Among retirees, retirement due to ill health, being made redundant or caring duty was associated with the high level of psychological distress. Conclusion: The association between work and mental health underscores the importance of policies and strategies to encourage and enable people to continue in the workforce after age 55, particularly for men. Important reasons for retirement with worse mental health outcomes include redundancy, ill health and needing to care for family or a friend. These circumstances will affect whether a person can continue working and their risk of poor mental health, and both considerations should be addressed in developing approaches for maintaining older workers or assisting them with their retirement transition.
    Aging and Mental Health 10/2014; 19(7):1-11. DOI:10.1080/13607863.2014.962002 · 1.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective We examined the relative importance of physical health status, weight/shape concerns, and binge eating as mediators of the association between obesity and psychosocial impairment in a community sample of women and men.Method Self-report measures of eating disorder features, perceived physical health and psychosocial functioning were completed by a general population sample of women and men classified as obese or non-obese (women: obese=276, non-obese=1220; men: obese=169, non-obese=769). Moderated mediation analysis was used to assess the relative importance of each of the putative mediators in accounting for observed associations between obesity and each outcome measure and possible moderation of these effects by sex.ResultsWeight/shape concerns and physical health were equally strong mediators of the association between obesity and psychosocial impairment. This was the case for both men and women and for each of three measures of psychosocial functioning - general psychological distress, life satisfaction and social support - employed. The effects of binge eating were modest and reached statistical significance only for the life satisfaction measure in men.ConclusionA greater focus on body acceptance may be indicated in obesity prevention and weight-management programs.International Journal of Obesity accepted article preview online, 11 June 2014; doi:10.1038/ijo.2014.100.
    International journal of obesity (2005) 06/2014; 39(2). DOI:10.1038/ijo.2014.100 · 5.39 Impact Factor
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    E Paige, R J Korda, E Banks, B Rodgers
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate how results of the association between education and weight change vary when weight change is defined and modelled in different ways.
    BMJ Open 06/2014; 4(6):e004860. DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-004860 · 2.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The relationship between comorbidity and psychological distress is well documented, however the mechanism of this association is unclear. We aim to assess the extent to which the association between common chronic conditions and high scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10) measure of psychological distress vary according to comorbid conditions, disability, and sociodemographic circumstances. Analysis of self-reported cross-sectional data from the New South Wales 45 and Up Study, Australia, for 236,508 participants aged 45 years and over, using logistic regression modeling. Self-reported heart attack/angina, other heart disease, stroke, and diabetes were all significantly associated with higher risk of high/very high K10 scores. These associations were attenuated, but remained statistically significant, when comorbidity, disability, and sociodemographic factors were added to the model. Men reporting needing help for daily tasks were nine times as likely to report high/very high K10 scores as those without this need, and women reporting needing help were seven times more likely to have high/very high K10 scores. Heart attack/angina, other heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are all significantly associated with psychological distress. However, these effects are partly explained by other comorbid conditions, limitations on physical functioning, and sociodemographic factors. These findings highlight the importance of developing public health policies that encompass psychological, physiological, and social domains, and provide crucial insights for clinicians in identifying and supporting those people at risk of psychological distress.
    Depression and Anxiety 06/2014; 31(6). DOI:10.1002/da.22162 · 4.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Stigmatizing attitudes towards eating disorders negatively impacts treatment seeking. To determine the effect of interventions to reduce stigma, a measure of stigma that is simple to implement is required. This study aimed to develop a measure of stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs towards bulimia nervosa (SAB-BN) and evaluate the distribution of beliefs across gender, age, education, and income groups. Participants were 1828 community adults (890 men; 938 women) aged 18-65 sampled from the Australian Electoral Roll responded to a mailed questionnaire. Participants provided demographic information and completed the SAB-BN questionnaire. Five components of stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs were identified; advantages of BN, minimization/low seriousness, unreliability, social distance, and personal responsibility. Stigma was low except on social distance and personal responsibility sub-scales, which indicated negative attitudes toward people with bulimia. Men compared with women and lower compared with higher education and income groups held significantly higher stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs. There were few differences between age groups in stigma. Differences between demographic groups provides evidence for known-groups validity. The SAB-BN questionnaire provides a potentially useful tool for evaluating stigma in relation to BN. Results provide insight into components of stigma and the demographic groups to whom interventions should be targeted. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2013 (Int J Eat Disord 2013).
    International Journal of Eating Disorders 05/2014; 47(4). DOI:10.1002/eat.22227 · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Understanding attitudes to mental health issues can inform public health interventions. However, low response rates may contribute to nonresponse bias. We examined the effect of a prenotification postcard and a short message (teaser) on response rates to a mailed questionnaire about bulimia nervosa "mental health literacy." Questionnaires were mailed to 3,010 adults (50.6% female and 49.4% male) aged 18-65 years. Procedures were varied according to sending prenotification before the questionnaire and the placement of a teaser on the survey envelope. Outcomes considered were response rate, response time, and cost. The overall response rate was 22.0%. Significant main effects showed higher response rates for the use of prenotification, among female participants, and older participants. A significant interaction of teaser by gender indicated lower response rates for men who received the teaser but not for women. Older participants returned the questionnaire more promptly than younger participants. Females-but not males-who received the teaser were slower to return the questionnaire. Higher response rates for participants receiving the postcard compensated for increased costs, particularly for males and older participants. Response rates to a mental health postal survey can be increased through the use of prenotification.
    Journal of clinical epidemiology 01/2014; 67(8). DOI:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.10.013 · 5.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The overvaluation of weight and/or shape ("overvaluation"), a diagnostic criterion for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, is increasingly supported for inclusion in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5) criteria of binge eating disorder (BED). However, current evidence has been largely confined to adult populations. The current study aims to examine the status of overvaluation among adolescents with loss of control (LOC) eating recruited from a large, population-based sample.
    International Journal of Eating Disorders 01/2014; 2(1):31. DOI:10.1186/s40337-014-0031-1 · 3.03 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In order to elucidate the individual and community health burden of body dissatisfaction (BD), we examined impairment in quality of life associated with BD in a large, general population sample of women. Self-report measures of BD, health-related quality of life (SF-12 Physical and Mental Component Summary scales) and subjective quality of life (WHOQOL-BREF Psychological Functioning and Social Relationships subscales) were completed by 5,255 Australian women aged 18 to 42 years. Most participants (86.9%) reported some level of dissatisfaction with their weight or shape and more than one third (39.4%) reported moderate to marked dissatisfaction. Higher levels of BD were associated with poorer quality of life for all items of both quality of life measures, the degree of impairment being proportional to the degree of BD. Associations were strongest for items tapping mental health and psychosocial functioning, although greater BD was associated with substantially increased risk of impairment in certain aspects of physical health even when controlling for body weight. Post-hoc analysis indicated that the observed associations between BD and quality of life impairment were not accounted for by an association between BD and eating disorder symptoms. In women, BD is associated with marked impairment in aspects of quality of life relating to mental health and psycho-social functioning and at least some aspects of physical health, independent of its association with body weight and eating disorder symptoms. Greater attention may need to be given to BD as a public health problem. The fact that BD is "normative" should not be taken to infer that it is benign.
    BMC Public Health 10/2013; 13(1):920. DOI:10.1186/1471-2458-13-920 · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the factors associated with initiating cannabis use, reverting to cannabis use and remaining a cannabis user in young adulthood. This is an important area of research as the risk for cannabis initiation is extending beyond adolescence and opportunities to influence cannabis use pathways can emerge throughout the life-course. A large, community-based sample was followed prospectively. Data from two successive waves (mean age 23 years and 27 years respectively) of the Path Through Life Study (PATH) were analysed (n=2045). The longitudinal design enabled change in cannabis use in young adulthood to be predicted based on factors assessed approximately four years prior. An environment of licit drug use was strongly associated with initiating cannabis use (tobacco: OR=4.98, 95%CI: 2.31-10.76) and reverting to cannabis use in young adulthood (alcohol: OR=2.13, 95%CI: 1.42-3.19). Greater fun seeking was found to orientate people towards initiating cannabis use in young adulthood (OR=1.17, 95%CI: 1.04-1.30). Higher psychoticism increased the odds of remaining a cannabis user (OR=1.19, 95%CI: 1.07-1.33). Religious involvement was protective of cannabis initiation (OR=0.89, 95%CI: 0.83-0.95). Early childhood factors did not influence the pattern of cannabis use in young adulthood. The findings make an important contribution to the development of prevention and intervention strategies for young adults by drawing attention to specific areas of risk and protection.
    Drug and alcohol dependence 07/2013; 133(2). DOI:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.07.003 · 3.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prevailing child psychopathology paradigms focus on caregiving in isolation from market work. Yet most children's caregivers - mothers and fathers - are also employed. Although policy and academic debate has voiced concerns that employment could hamper mothers' capacity to care, less emphasis is given to the benefits generated by mothers' jobs. By contrast, theories of child mental health often view fathers' employment as beneficial, indeed necessary, for children's wellbeing, and few problematise fathers' capacity to combine work and care. This paper aims to integrate these seemingly contradictory concerns. We consider whether mothers' and fathers' rewards from combining employment with childcare may be protective for children's mental health, and whether their conflicts and dilemmas generate risks. Analyses use cross-sectional data from a representative survey of families with 4-5 year old children (Growing Up in Australia Study). We restricted our sample to employed parents (N = 2809 mothers; 3982 fathers), using data gathered in 2004. While a majority of parents reported benefits and rewards from working (work-family facilitation), more than one third also reported difficulties and conflicts (work-family conflict). When mothers or fathers experienced conflict we found elevations in young children's emotional and behavioural symptoms, with the risks compounding if both parents experienced conflict between work and family. Associations persisted after adjusting for family socioeconomic circumstances and composition, and they were not offset by work-family facilitation. We did not find evidence for heightened vulnerability to work-family conflict in families with few socioeconomic resources. However, among these disadvantaged families we observed stronger protective associations with children's mental health when parents had rewarding and supportive jobs. Our study extends current paradigms of child mental health by considering the interplay between care environments and market work. Jobs which help mothers and fathers to combine employment with caregiving could yield health benefits across generations.
    Social Science [?] Medicine 06/2013; 87:99-107. DOI:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.03.030 · 2.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Most studies of children’s development and parents’ wellbeing have not dealt effectively with the complexity of multiple disadvantage. Traditional approaches have typically used a limited set of outcomes and predictors. Even studies utilizing multiple risk factors have often treated these as confounders, adjusting for their influence, while concentrating on a primary association of interest. Such strategies do not illuminate the real world essence of disadvantage, i.e. that adversities co-occur more than expected by chance and that multiple disadvantage is common. The main aim of the present paper is to address this neglected topic and develop summary measures of adversity using the 2004–2005 data from Wave 1 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Information was obtained from families of 5,107 babies (0–1 years) and families of 4,983 children (4–5 years). The prevalence of multiple disadvantage among families with young children and the degree to which summary adversity measures are associated with each other and with family and child outcomes is then estimated. Using factor analysis, 12 lower-order constructs and two higher-order components of adversity were developed, labelled (1) material and (2) psychosocial adversity. Findings show that the two component scores were more strongly associated with outcomes than were the more specific construct scores and that psychosocial adversity was somewhat more relevant to family wellbeing and child development than material adversity.
    Social Indicators Research 09/2012; 113(3). DOI:10.1007/s11205-012-0134-5 · 1.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Studies of quality of life among individuals with eating disorders have relied almost exclusively on clinical samples. We examined impairment in quality of life in a community sample of women with eating disorders recruited as part of an epidemiological study. Measures of health-related quality of life (Medical Outcomes Study 12-item Short-Form Physical and Mental Component Summary scales) and subjective well-being (WHOQOL-BREF Psychological Functioning and Social Relationships subscales) were completed by women with eating disorders (n = 159), primarily variants of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and a comparison group of healthy women (n = 232). When compared with healthy women, women with eating disorders reported substantial impairment in aspects of quality of life relating to mental health, although item-level analysis indicated considerable variation in the extent to which specific aspects of emotional well-being were affected. Impairment in social relationship and in physical health was less pronounced and due, at least in part, to between-group differences in age, body weight and demographic characteristics. Impairment in certain aspects of perceived physical health was, however, apparent among women with eating disorders, even after controlling for between-group differences in body weight. Community cases of women with eating disorders experience marked impairment in quality of life as this relates to mental health functioning and at least some impairment in physical health functioning. Personality characteristics and ego-syntonic aspects of eating-disordered behaviour may complicate the interpretation of findings relating to impairment in specific aspects of quality of life.
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 06/2012; 46(6):561-8. DOI:10.1177/0004867411433967 · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We conducted a prospective exploration of the temporal course of eating disorder (ED) symptoms in two cohorts of community women. One hundred and twenty-two young women (Cohort 1) identified in a general population based survey with ED symptoms of clinical severity agreed to participate in a 5-year follow-up study. A comparative sample (Cohort 2) of 706 similar aged self-selected college women (221 with disordered eating) was recruited one year later. Both ED groups were given a health literacy package in the first year. ED symptoms, health related quality of life, and psychological distress were assessed annually with the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire, the Short Form-12 Health Survey and the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, respectively. Forty percent (Cohort 1) and 30.3% (Cohort 2) completed questionnaires at each year of follow-up. In both groups, there was early improvement in ED symptoms which plateaued after the first year, and participants retained high EDE-Q scores at 5 years. BMI increased as expected. Mental health related quality of life scores did not change but there were small improvements in psychological distress scores. The findings suggest little likelihood of spontaneous remission of ED problems in community women.
    Nutrients 05/2012; 4(5):413-24. DOI:10.3390/nu4050413 · 3.15 Impact Factor

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  • 1994–2014
    • Australian National University
      • • Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
      • • National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health Research
      • • Centre for Mental Health Research
      Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  • 2009–2010
    • University of Western Sydney
      • School of Medicine
      Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2007
    • University of London
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom
  • 1999
    • Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP)
      • Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
      London, Ohio, United States
  • 1997
    • ANU College
      Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia