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Poverty, Homelessness, Hunger in Children, and Adolescents: Psychosocial Perspectives.

Pumariega, A.J., Gogineni, R.R., & Benton, T.
Type new
Journal Article
Year published new
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World Social Psychiatry

Volume new

Poverty, hunger, and homelessness have been shown to be perhaps the greatest adverse biological and
social risk factors for mental health problems and disorders worldwide. They also have significant
adverse impact on cognitive, psychological, psychosocial, and physical development in children
and youth. This article reviews the psychosocial effects of poverty, hunger, and homelessness on
children and youth, including their impact on psychopathology and mental health. It also includes
recommendations for governmental entities, advocates, and care providers on mitigating their adverse