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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 54-62

Poverty, Homelessness, Hunger in Children, and Adolescents: Psychosocial Perspectives

1 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
2 Department of Psychiatry, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ, USA
3 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Andres Julio Pumariega
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry UF Health Springhill 2, 8491 N.W. 39th Avenue, Gainesville32606, FL
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/wsp.wsp_17_22

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Poverty, hunger, and homelessness have been shown to be perhaps the greatest adverse biological and social risk factors for mental health problems and disorders worldwide. They also have significant adverse impact on cognitive, psychological, psychosocial, and physical development in children and youth. This article reviews the psychosocial effects of poverty, hunger, and homelessness on children and youth, including their impact on psychopathology and mental health. It also includes recommendations for governmental entities, advocates, and care providers on mitigating their adverse effects.

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