Corpus ID: 208303057

Poverty and Mental Illness: Causal Evidence

  title={Poverty and Mental Illness: Causal Evidence},
  author={V. Patel},
  • V. Patel
  • Published 2019
  • ​Why are the poor disproportionately affected by mental illness? Do economic policies improve psychological well-being? Can psychological interventions reduce poverty? We review the interdisciplinary evidence of the bi-directional causal relationship between poverty and mental health and the underlying mechanisms. Mental illness causes and exacerbates poverty; psychological interventions generate economic benefits. Similarly, poverty causes mental illness, and anti-poverty programs such as cash… CONTINUE READING
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