Visiting Research Fellowship Professor Virginia Wilcox-Gok

Visiting Research Fellowship – Professor Virginia Wilcox-Gok, University of Northern Illinois

Effects were estimated using the British Household Panel Survey (waves 1999-2006), with data from 273 Scottish households and 1,662 households in the remainder of the UK. Mental health was assessed using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), together with self-reported presence of depression, anxiety, or other mental health problem.

Outcome and Translation

Mental health problems among older family members imposed significant labour market losses on other younger family members, especially men. This research extended prior studies of caregiving by examining the effects for all family members, rather than solely the primary caregiver. To reduce the economic consequences, better assessment of mental health among older persons may be warranted.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Paul McNamee

External Collaborators: V Wilcox-Gok (University of Northern Illinois)

Publications

Wilcox-Gok, V. and McNamee, P. (2008) Family labour supply effects of psychiatric morbidity in elders. Chief Scientist Office Final Report.

McNamee, P. (2010) 'The economic consequences of mental health problems in older people on other family members', HERU Briefing Paper, University of Aberdeen.

Wilcox-Gök, V. and McNamee, P. (2010) 'Economic consequences for other family members of mental health problems in older people', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 15, 35-40.

Presentations

Wilcox-Gok, V. and McNamee P. (2008) 'Elder health and family labour supply', Scottish Government Health Directorates, Edinburgh, July 2008.

Wilcox-Gok, V. and McNamee, P. (2009) 'Economic consequences of mental health problems in older people on other family members', Service Delivery (SDO)/Health Services Research (HSR) Annual Conference, Birmingham, June 2009.