Poverty, Attachment Theory, and Mental Health: An Overview
Research points to the presence of a poverty as a significant risk factor in the development of stress conditions, with both biological and psychological markers that puts millions at risk for mental illness. The fact that the poor are less likely to receive mental health services is significant not only on an individual level, but has potentially wide ranging effects as it also endangers the family unit. In particular, compromised mental health affects the mother-child relationship and child development on cognitive and emotional levels. In this paper I also outline the link between poverty and mental health within the context of attachment theory, and I conclude by examining these implications within the context of the child refugee mental health crisis.
Keywords - Poverty, Attachment Theory, Mental Health, Refugees, Immigrants