Conclusion and Recommendations

Authored by: Edilma L. Yearwood , Vicki P. Hines-Martin

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221

10.4324/9781315780344.ch33

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Abstract

Mental health challenges and disorders impose significant social and economic burden, not just on individuals with the disorders but also on households, communities, employers, health care systems, and governments. Studies demonstrate that untreated mental health and behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence can have profound longstanding social and economic consequences into adulthood. Specifically, untreated symptoms effect interpersonal relationships, impede educational attainment, increase potential for contact with the criminal justice system, lower employment and earning capacity, and erode self-concept and competence.

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