Does Poverty Play a Role in Mental Health Research Paper

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Clinical Question: Why is mental health important in the lower socioeconomic class?

Mental health problems are common in every socioeconomic class. However, when mental health problems occur in the lower socioeconomic class, the people affected often do not have the resources to get help and get better. Mental health problems are often solved or alleviated with medical intervention, especially through cognitive behavioral therapy and talk therapy. However, those in the lower socioeconomic class may not have health insurance or may not have the money to see a therapist that can help them with their problems. With the added stress of labor-intensive jobs that so often plague the lower socioeconomic, having poor mental health could seriously cripple a person within such an income bracket.

Therefore, the clinical question addresses the significance of mental health and its role in promoting better health outcomes for those in the lower socioeconomic class. By examining the possible link poor mental health can have on the body, and see how prevalent mental health problems can be in this class, it could create a clearer picture on what can happen to those experiencing mental health problems that have limited access to resources. It can also provide guidance for future research delving into ways to improve the mental of those with lower incomes.

In terms of finding the articles relevant to the clinical question, the two best search databases are arguably: psychINFO and psychARTICLES. They provide access to articles with themes of mental health and provide recent pertinent information. They also allow use of certain keywords that can provide effective search results. The two main keyword phrases that can be used to find relevant articles for the clinical question are: lower socioeconomic and mental health problems. Although this is basic, it gives a preliminary search more results from which to condense a narrow keyword use for the next round of database search.

When it comes to data, information, knowledge, wisdom continuum, it is important to consider the connection mental health has with socioeconomic status. Does a poor mental health status cause serious problem for those in a lower socioeconomic status? Is there a connection between greater mental health problems and socioeconomic status? Why would there be a greater chance of mental health problems? What resources are missing to help those in this income bracket get the help they need to not be mentally ill?

An article that was selected using the aforementioned keywords shows a connection between mental health issues and socioeconomic status. “A decrease in socioeconomic status was associated with increasing mental health problems. The strength of the correlation varied with age and…

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