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Techniques in Neurosurgery & Neurology

Does Poverty and Emotional Trauma in Children Affect their Mental Health?

  • Open or Close Richard J Nichol*

    Department of Psychiatry, University of the Free State, South Africa

    *Corresponding author: Richard J Nichol, Department of Psychiatry, University of the Free State, South Africa

Submission: December 20, 2017;; Published: April 02, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/TNN.2018.01.000516

ISSN 2637-7748
Volume1 Issue4


This may seem like a rhetorical question, but three very different opinions regarding poverty and psychopathology can be identified in the large volume of literature on this topic. Most literature available links the multiple stressors associated with poverty to an elevated risk of developing mental illness. Even if the cycle of poverty is broken, lasting psychiatric sequelae remain. Some researchers [1] acknowledge the psychiatric effects of chronic stress factors associated with poverty, deprivation and neglect, but claim lower rates of after- effects of mental illness are evident once families move into more advantageous living conditions. Alternatively Tampubolon & Hanadita [2] claim poverty is not likely to have much influence on mental health in India and Indonesia at all.

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