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Poverty, Inequality, and HealthAn International Perspective$
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David Leon and Gill Walt

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.001.0001

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Poverty, inequality, and mental health in developing countries

Poverty, inequality, and mental health in developing countries

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(p.247) 12 Poverty, inequality, and mental health in developing countries
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Poverty, Inequality, and Health
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David A. Leon

Gill Walt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.003.0012

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

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