ESCAP 2017 keynote lecture: abstract and slides

Social inequalities in children's mental health – from observation to prevention

ESCAP 2017 keynote abstract and slide presentation by Maria Melchior (Sorbonne University and Inserm, France), on social inequalities in children's mental health – from observation to prevention.

Abstract
Maria Melchior at the Geneva Congress.Children growing up in poverty have high levels of emotional and behavioral problems, which can hinder well-being, school achievement and social integration, as well as predict the occurrence of psychiatric disorders later in life. Population-based studies indicate the existence of a socioeconomic gradient with regard to child mental health. That is the effects of low socioeconomic position are not curtailed to groups of individuals who experience poverty, but are widely distributed. I will present data from contemporary epidemiological studies documenting socioeconomic inequalities with regard to child and adolescent mental health across different socioeconomic indicators, different forms of psychopathology and different age groups. I will also show currently available evidence suggesting that changes in families’ socioeconomic circumstances can have beneficial effects on children’s mental health. Finally, I will suggest possible avenues for intervention which could help reduce socioeconomic inequalities with regard to child and adolescent psychopathology.

Presentation
View Maria Melchior's slide presentation (pdf, 28 pages) and read the interview.