"The social drift hypothesis postulates that the debilitating effects of schizophrenia on capacity to work result in a lowering of socioeconomic means, and hence poverty" (Combs, Mueser, and Gutierrez, 2012, p. 273). With this in mind, variables associated with an individuals lifestyle can have devastating affects on the individuals mental health. Given that poverty can deliver devastating effects on the development of mental health, how would this variable play a role in establishing resilience versus risks, and how would you incorporate this variable when focusing on providing a diagnosis to your clients' resent condition? Please share your thoughts.
Social environment and schizophrenia
- Poverty is a variable in mental health in terms of available and access to social supports. Often as patients are diagnosed with schizophrenia, the stereotypes of the illness tends to invoke fear in their family members, neighbours, friends, co-workers etc.
- Stigma can lead to isolation and ...
Poverty and the development of mental health is discussed.