Social Determinants of Children and Adolescents Mental Health

Friday, 20 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC49 Mental Health and Illness (host committee)

Language: English

According to UNICEF data, 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 years make up 16 per cent of the world’s population. Despite this great number, mental health of children and adolescents is still in the shadows (McEwan K, Waddell C, Barker J, 2007). As we known well, people’s health is shaped by various social, economic, and physical environments. Similarly, mental health of children and adolescent are also determined by these social factors. More important thing is that this fact is heavily associated social inequalities. For example, poverty of children and adolescent is such a typical social determinant. In Japan, we notice one of six children and adolescent are growing up in a family of poverty condition. However, hidden behind the material affluence, impacts of poverty on their mental health have been rarely examined. There must be many other social determinants of their mental health, such as neighborhood environment, tight job market, social network sites (SNS), etc. As influences of social factors on mental health are operating differently in the life stage, we need to explore how social factors or conditions are working in the process of deteriorating or ameliorating mental health of children and adolescent (including young adults).

Session Organizer:
Takashi ASAKURA, Tokyo Gakugei University, Japan
Oral Presentations
Perceived Social Status and Mental Health Among Adolescents
Hayley HAMILTON, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada; Angela BOAK, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada; Robert MANN, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
Does Moving Matter? Measuring Residential Mobility on Children's Mental Health Outcomes
Ashley CALHOUN, University of Western Ontario, Canada; Glenda BABE, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Adolescent Mental Health in a Mexican Border City: Experience, Cultural Meaning, and Social Context
Olga OLIVAS HERNANDEZ, University of California, San Diego, Mexico; Janis H. JENKINS, University of California, San Diego, USA
Familial and Personal Predictors of Mental Well-Being of in-School Female Adolescents in Ado-Ekiti Nigeria
Favour L.C. NTOIMO, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria, Nigeria; Eniola EGBEYEMI, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria