Relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course

Co-Investigators: Dr Sue Baxter, Professor Paul Bissell, Dr Hannah Fairbrother, Professor Liddy Goyder, Professor Sarah Salway, Professor Jeremy Wight, Helen Woods

Funder: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This project explores  the relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course. It aims to provide an evidence base that the Joseph Rowntree Foundation can use in developing its antipoverty strategies, and wider work on the role of individuals and their relationships in reducing poverty. The primary focus is on providing a clear picture of the current evidence and a greater understanding of how poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression are connected. For the purposes of this study, poverty is defined as the situation where an individual’s resources, especially material ones, are substantially below their needs.

Aim:

  • to conduct a multidisciplinary systematic review of the relationship between poverty and stress, low level anxiety and depression across the life course.

Objectives:

  • Use innovative review techniques to manage diverse evidence sources.
  • Develop a logic model to provide a concise summary of the available evidence and explore the implications for effective policy and practice.
  • Consultation with community and professional stakeholders to ensure validity and relevance.

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