Growing up poor: a high-risk transition

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Maria Melchior (Paris, France).

Inequality is related to the onset of mental health problems? “Yes, most likely.” Maltreatment, neglect, an unbalanced diet, social isolation and severe mental health problems are more common when you are born into a low socioeconomic position? “Yes, certainly. The symptoms show already in toddlerhood? “Oh yes, with a prediction of behavioural problems and substance use as young adults.”
Three times affirmative and a clear message by Maria Melchior, member of ERES, the prominent social epidemiology research team of the collaborating Paris universities, and keynote lecturer at the ESCAP 2017 Congress about Social inequalities in children’s mental health.
Read the interview and learn about her answers to the high risks of low socioeconomic status (SES). 

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