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Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Government of Malawi's unconditional cash transfer improves youth mental health

Gustavo Angeles, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa, Kelly Kilburn, Annamaria Milazzo, Amber Peterman
Social Science & Medicine, March 2019, vol. 225, pp. 108-119.

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ABSTRACT

We explore the impacts of Malawi's national unconditional cash transfer program targeting ultra-poor households on youth mental health. Experimental findings show that the program significantly improved mental health outcomes. Among girls in particular, the program reduces indications of depression by about 15 percentage points. We investigate the contribution of different possible pathways to the overall program impact, including education, health, consumption, caregiver's stress levels and life satisfaction, perceived social support, and participation in hard and unpleasant work. The pathways explain from 46 to 65 percent of the program impact, advancing our understanding of how economic interventions can affect mental health of youth in resource-poor settings. The findings underline that unconditional cash grants, which are used on an increasingly large scale as part of national social protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, have the potential to improve youth mental wellbeing and thus may help break the vicious cycle of poverty and poor mental health.

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Can unconditional cash transfers raise long-term living standards? Evidence from Zambia

Sudhanshu Handa, Luisa Natali, David Seidenfeld, Gelson Tembo, Benjamin Davis
Journal of Development Economics, July 2018, vol. 133, pp. 42-65.

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Children’s Roles in Social Reproduction: reexamining the discourse on care through a child lens

Elena Camilletti, Prerna Banati, Sarah Cook
The Journal of Law, Social Justice and Global Development, June 2018 (21), pp. 33-48.

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Examination of performance of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale Short Form 10 among African youth in poor, rural households

Kelly Kilburn, Leah Prencipe, Lisa Hjelm, Amber Peterman, Sudhanshu Handa, Tia Palermo
BMC Psychiatry, June 2018, vol. 18 (201)

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An empirical exploration of female child marriage determinants in Indonesia

Lauren Rumble, Amber Peterman, Nadira Irdiana, Margaret Triyana, Emilie Minnick
BMC Public Health, March 2018

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The Role of Productive Activities in the Lives of Adolescents: Photovoice Evidence from Malawi

Susannah Zietz, Jacobus De Hoop, Sudhanshu Handa
Children and Youth Services Review, February 2018, vol. 86, pp. 246-255.

Children, HIV, emergencies and Sustainable Development Goals: roadblocks ahead and possible solutions

Dick Chamla, Chewe Luo, Priscilla Idele
JIAS - Journal of the International AIDS Society, February 2018

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Who perpetrates violence against children? A systematic analysis of age- and sex-specific data

K. Devries, L. Knight, M Petzold, L. Maxwell, A. Williams, Claudia Cappa, E. Chan, C. Garcia-Moreno, H. Hollis, H. Kress, Amber Peterman, S.D. Walsh, A. Guedes, S. Kishor, S. Bott, B. Butron, C. Watts, N. Abrahams
BMJ Paediatrics Open , February 2018, vol. 2

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International trends in ‘bottom-end’inequality in adolescent physical activity and nutrition: HBSC study 2002–2014

Yekaterina Chzhen, Irene Moor, William Pickett, Emilia Toczydlowska, Gonneke W J M Stevens
European Journal of Public Health, 2018

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