The Psychological Impact of Austerity: A Briefing Paper
McGrath, L., Griffin, Vanessa, Mundy, Ed and Psychologists for Social Change 2015. The Psychological Impact of Austerity: A Briefing Paper. Psychologists for Social Change.
|Authors||McGrath, L., Griffin, Vanessa, Mundy, Ed and Psychologists for Social Change|
Austerity policies have damaging psychological costs. Mental health problems are being created in the present, and further problems are being stored for the future. We have identified five ‘Austerity Ailments’. These are specific ways in which austerity policies impact on mental health:
Humiliation and shame
These five ‘ailments’ are indicators of problems in society, of poisonous public policy, weakness of social cohesion and inequalities in power and wealth. We also know what kind of society promotes good health. Key markers are that societies are equal, participatory and cohesive. Some important indicators of a psychologically healthy society are:
Social policy should work towards a more equitable and participatory society, to facilitate individual wellbeing, resilient places and strong communities.
|Publisher||Psychologists for Social Change|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.psychchange.org/uploads/9/7/9/7/97971280/paa-briefing-paper.pdf|
|05 Mar 2015|
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|Deposited||08 Feb 2019|
|Copyright information||© 2015 Psychologists for Social Change. All rights reserved.|
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