Perspective - Journal of Mental Health and Aging (2023) Volume 7, Issue 3
The role of childhood neglect and childhood poverty in predicting mental health.
Childhood neglect and childhood poverty can have significant impacts on an individual’s mental health. Neglect refers to the failure of a caregiver to meet a child’s basic physical, emotional and developmental needs, while poverty refers to the lack of access to resources necessary for basic needs, such as food, shelter, healthcare and education. Research has consistently shown that both childhood neglect and poverty are associated with a range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse and personality disorders. These issues may persist into adulthood and may impact an individual’s ability to form healthy relationships, succeed in school or employment and achieve a satisfying quality of life. Childhood neglect can lead to a lack of attachment and trust in others, as well as feelings of shame and low self-esteem. These factors can contribute to depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Childhood poverty can lead to chronic stress, which can also contribute to the development of mental health issues.Author(s): Kalee France*