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"Poverty linked to children's mental health is not a surprise"

The Children's Commissioner on mental health and prescription drugs in children

"Poverty linked to children's mental health is not a surprise" "Poverty linked to children's mental health is not a surprise", 15.63 MB
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Recent research claims the link between poverty and a child's mental health is unarguable, with children from disadvantaged homes more likely to need anti-psychotic drugs. The study was conducted at the University of Adelaide using data from the Longitudinal study of Australian Children. The findings indicate that a large proportion of children from disadvantaged families are placed on anti-psychotic medicine. 

Wire producer Darashpreet Johal, spoke to Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft to find out whether this is the case for New Zealand.