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Cocio-Political Factors Influencing the Mental Health
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Name of student: Course Title: Topic: Lecturer: Date of Presentation: Introduction The phenomenon of poverty is wide-ranging, comprising of the incapacity to access basic needs, lack of power over resources, lack of access to proper healthcare and education.
Nevertheless, among those living below the poverty line, some live in abject poverty compared to others in the group. Poverty has a significant influence on physical and mental health. This paper presents a critique of the impact of poverty on the mental health of an individual. Impact of Poverty on Mental Health of an Individual Poverty is strongly associated with social inequalities in the society. According to Nettleton (2006), unequal distribution of income leads to the emergence of a gap between different income groups yet such groups require the same basic needs. The underprivileged group suffers psychosocial anxiety that contributes to weakening health and death in case of prolonged stress. Poor social and physical infrastructures result in poor community health and mortality especially among the lowest social economic groups in such communities. In spite of stress, poor communities suffer frustration and unstable families and often exhibit tendencies towards domestic violence, criminal activities such as theft, murder and rape. These antisocial behaviors are also experienced in higher income groups but at a lower rate (Dalton et al. 2007). In one of my clinical placements I met a client named John who’s came from a poor neighborhood. ...
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