Recent researches linking economic downturn and health most times do not consider children’s mental health problems. In a new Health metric study, researchers found that U.S. children’s mental health deteriorated as the economy experienced a downward slide. The implementation of special education services for emotional problems also increased when economic conditions worsened.
This particular study got its data from the 2001-2013 National Health Interview Survey; it found that the effects of economic conditions on children’s mental health were comparable irrespective of whether investigators judged economic conditions via unemployment rates or housing price indices. Also, the issues were seen across sexes and ages (4-11 and 12-17 years of age). “Alongside providing new information into the causes of child mental health issues, our results have a loophole as it concerns policy responses to poor economic conditions. We can now affirm that the consequences of a terrible economy go beyond the labor market participants,” the publisher wrote. “These effects stretching to a child’s mental health suggest that government policy responses to a weak economic condition may have broader effects than imagined. Solutions like providing unemployment benefits to support families without a source of income, as an example, could have lots of benefits to a child’s health that is being overlooked.”
A Research recently conducted in England has confirmed that there close association between mental health issues and job losses.
Knowing fully well that mental health consequences as a result of the economic crisis are situation dependent, the present issue needs monitoring. Standard and routine services should be provided for those in need, and advocacy for societal support measures is of great importance.
As earlier said, in a situation of economic recession, peoples mental health are likely to deteriorate, most notably among those socially more vulnerable(the lower class). The possible adverse effects of economic downturns on mental health are going to be more immediate and severe than those on physical fitness and could include a higher proportion of mental health problems such as common mental disorders, substance use disorders and ultimately, suicidal behavior. This issues could be more pronounced in children due to there weak nature.
It is of utmost importance to acknowledge that the consequences of economic crisis vary across countries, depending on the health systems they have put in place to respond to this reflecting difference in financial situation, their type of welfare based on state and policy choices. Therefore, to provide appropriate policy recommendations, each country as to have a way of responding to this economic crisis, most notably for the children and the youths.
This particular study will be able to let us shed more light on the social and economic processes associated with the mindset individuals have of health, well-being, and use of services during the financial crisis. Thus, this research will provide a scientific contribution for policy measures, both location-based and nationwide, to accurately address the consequences of the economic recession in the U.S. and beyond, most notably the children.
William Kellogg is a veteran writer who’s covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.