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The Impact of Income Inequality of Psychosocial Well-Being

The Impact of Income Inequality of Psychosocial Well-Being

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Title: The Impact of Income Inequality of Psychosocial Well-Being
Author: Sheivari, Raha
Abstract: In this thesis, I investigated the impact of income inequality on psychosocial well-being. I argued that income inequality is an important problem for psychology, because it is a powerful social determinant of wide range of psychosocial problems that impact well-being negatively. Income inequality is related to problems such as mental illness, obesity, teenage pregnancy, violence, and premature mortality. I analyzed the two major theoretical frameworks for explaining the relation between income inequality and psychosocial well-being: the psychosocial environment explanation and the neo-material explanation. I argued that both of these explanatory frameworks are important for psychology. Furthermore, I discussed the methodological criticisms of the relation between income inequality and psychosocial well-being. Finally, I explored the possibilities for interventions on behalf of psychologists regarding the issue of income inequality. I emphasized the importance of conceptualizing income inequality as a structural problem and argued that improving psychosocial well-being of populations requires a systemic intervention that is focused on reducing the income gaps.
Subject: Psychology
Mental health
Public health
Keywords: Relative Inequality
Psychosocial Well-Being
Income Inequality
Psychology
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/27648
Supervisor: Teo, Thomas
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: History and Theory)
Exam date: 2014-02-13
Publish on: 2014-07-09

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