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July 03, 2019 Wednesday 03:35:13 PM IST

Recessionary Trends in Economy Affect Mental Health of Children

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Mental health of children may be impacted by the recessionary trends in an economy, according to study done for US economy and reported in Health Economics. 
The study was based on the data received from 2001-13 National Health Interview survey. The negative effects were seen in children in the age group of 4-11 and 12-17 years of age. 
The researchers pointed out that consequences of a bad economy not only affect the working population but has spill-over effects on mental health of children. Hence, providing unemployment benefits may have larger positive effect apart from cushioning of the loss of income, it can also provide benefits in terms of better child health.