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Effect of Employment Deprivation, Crime Rate, and Alcohol Consumption on Depression in Edinburgh

Jiazheng Wei


Depression is becoming one of the factors threatening human life safety. According to the statistics of the World Health Organization in 2020, it is estimated that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, but the pathogenesis of depression is still not fully understood.  At present, the research direction of influencing factors of depression is mostly medical field and personal mental level.  It is thought that 14 per cent of Edinburgh's population suffers from depression, anxiety or psychosis.  Edinburgh is the most depressed or anxious city in the UK, a survey has revealed.  There are many things that frustrate people who live in cities.  The aim of the project was to understand spatially the extent to which employment deprivation, crime rates and alcohol consumption predicted the proportion of people with depression, anxiety or psychosis in the Edinburgh population.  Because the socioeconomic composition of cities may contribute to higher rates of depression.  Through spatial data analysis combined with GIS technology, this study concluded that the socioeconomic composition of the city may lead to the high incidence of depression from the influencing factors of social interaction.


Depression; Employment in the Community; Alcohol Consumption

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/mmf.v6i6.7764