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Cash Transfers Improve the Mental Health and Well-being of Youth

Evidence from the Kenyan Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
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Author(s)

Audrey Pereira

 

Publication date: 2016-02

Publication series:
Innocenti Research Briefs

No. of pages: 2

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Abstract

Approximately half of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24. Among adolescents, depression is one of the leading contributors to morbidity, while suicide and interpersonal violence are among the leading causes of mortality. Mental ill-health also reinforces poverty through decreased productivity and loss of earnings, increased health expenditures, and social stigma. Since the evidence on the effects of poverty-alleviation programmes on mental health have been inconclusive, there is a need for research on specific poverty-alleviation interventions for vulnerable groups who are more at risk for poor mental well-being.

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