Poverty, inequality, and mental health in developing countries

David A. Leon and Gill Walt

in Poverty, Inequality, and Health

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192631961
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723599 | DOI:
Poverty, inequality, and mental health in developing countries

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This chapter shows that mental health is a central component of health problems arising out of inequality, and contributes to the perpetration of inequality in developing countries. It presents evidence to justify that mental illness is a serious public health issue in developing countries. It demonstrates a relationship between poverty and mental health. It considers possible explanations for this relationship and discusses their public health implications.

Keywords: health inequality; social inequality; mental illness; public health; poor countries

Chapter.  7016 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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