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Social inequalities and mental health 

Social inequalities and mental health
Social inequalities and mental health

Ruth Bell

, and Michael Marmot

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date: 24 September 2021

This chapter discusses evidence linking social inequalities, across social, economic, and environmental dimensions to inequalities in mental health. A framework for thinking about the lifetime causes of inequalities in mental health is presented and used to discuss how experiences and conditions affect mental health across the life course. The chapter focuses particularly on factors that affect child development because of the importance of child developmental outcomes for future mental and physical health, and on life chances. Finally, the need for more attention to be focused on addressing the causes of social inequalities in mental health through multiple types of policies and interventions is discussed.

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