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» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology

» The Vicious Cycle of Poverty and Mental Health - World of Psychology | Poverty Asignment by_Leong Kin Wai | Scoop.it
There is a vicious, self-reinforcing cycle of poverty associated with mental illness. You become poor. Sometimes through circumstances well beyond your control,

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Leong Kin Wai's insight:

The insight uses the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine

This article highlights just how much of a cyclical process poverty feels like it is, with the specific detail here being on mental health and poverty, with the latter preceding the former. I am thinking both on the misfortunes of those who should end up landing into poverty, along with the possibilities that come about pulling them out of it. I wonder about the state of the welfare systems in the USA and Europe and how it may be improved based on the idea of pulling people out of a cycle instead of possibly perpetuating its continuance.

Eliza Koh JL's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:13 AM

People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers. Their lives are stressful. They are both witness to and victims of more violence and trauma than those who are reasonably well off, and they are at high risk of poor general health and malnutrition. The converse is also true: When people are mentally ill, they are at increased risk of becoming and/or staying poor. They have higher health costs, difficulty getting and retaining jobs, are less productive at work, and suffer the social stigma and isolation of mental illness. There are different types of interventions undertaken in several low and middle-income places. The authors first looked at programs intended to improve individual or family economic status and monitored changes in measures of mental health including stress and depression in adults, childhood behavior problems, childhood cognitive development, and adolescent self-esteem.


Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:53 AM

Poverty not only affects the person physically but also mentally as the person will feel more stress with the unknown future, whether they will live or die.  Since their fate cannot be controlled by them, they will have the insecurity and would be more prone to suffer from mental illness. I think that these people should at least be given a chance to earn some money. It is saddening when you see all those people living in poverty lying at the sides of the streets. However, do the people feel this way for them? 

Hilal Iryandy's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:06 AM

This article shows that poverty led to both mantal illnesses and diseases. They have suffer hunger and stress causing both diseases and emotional breakdowns.They lost their family, friends and belongings. I just wonder what can be done to make their lives happy.

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Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform

Aghbalou: Water and Poverty in the Moroccan Desert | The Platform | Poverty Asignment by_Leong Kin Wai | Scoop.it
The Platform / In Aghbalou: The Source of Water, Director Remigiusz Sowa explores the most unlikely and perilous of friendships, water and the desert (#CEP researcher John has been involved with production of Aghbalou: film about water &poverty...

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Leong Kin Wai's insight:

This insight is done using the Step Inside thinking routine.

Looking in from the perspective of the locals, they are likely to be able to see the receding water and the possible challenges that head towards them. However, they continue to march on in their quest to sustain and create the impossible with the ever shrinking water resources in their area to create and maintain what can be called a green oasis in the desert. Their line of thinking is most likely along the attitude to never say never to any problem that comes towards them, mostly rooted from their head-on approach when confronted with limited water.

Poon Ying Ying's curator insight, February 4, 2013 8:22 AM

From this article we can see that the people are lack of water supply due to climate change, population growth and poverty. We all know the water is an essential tool in our lives for survival, without water we cannot live. There are many purposes of water, for drinking purposes, cooking, bathing, washing and growing crops. The people living in the Moroccan Desert have been sustaining water through an advanced medieval system of lengthy underground tunnels, known as khettara that channel groundwater to the plots. Now the system have been augmented by the rumbe of water pumps and black plastic webs of drip systems and problems rises. I wonder how the people living in the desert are going to survive without water supply to  quench their thirst and grow crops to feed their kids?

Iris Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:24 AM

I can see from the trailer of the video that the Moroccan Desert might no longer be able to cultivate crops for the people to eat. Water is scarce and from the pictures of the dried up ground, I can see that droughts often occur. With the increasing temperature all around the world with extreme weather patterns occurring, the land might soon be too dry to cultivate any further. This film about the relation of poverty and water allows viewers to understand the situation that these people are facing. By exploring this situation in details, I think that the director hopes to bring across the message that we should try our best to save as much water as possible. However, if the day when the land becomes unsuitable for planting, how will the people survive as water is essential to survive? Will they adapt new plantation method?

Jacob Ng's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:34 AM

From this article, we can clearly see that the Moroccan Desert has a lack of water due to various problems that they faced.Like for example the Khettaras , where there go to get their supply of water is slowly drying up due to problems like climate change, population growth and conflicts of rights etc.Water is an essential need in our daily lives, we need it for hydrating purposes and as well as planting crops.With all these problems cloggin up their essential needs in life, how are they gonna live on their everyday.Thus, despite all these hardship it hink that these people have a strong will in living on no matter what comes their way.

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farmlandgrab.org | Land rights, poverty and risky business in Asia

farmlandgrab.org | Land rights, poverty and risky business in Asia | Poverty Asignment by_Leong Kin Wai | Scoop.it
Using or acquiring land for your company can indeed be a risky business and particularly when poor communities are affected.

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Leong Kin Wai's insight:

This is my insight using the See-Think-Wonder:

I see, basically, an article detailing the EcoPark developments in Hanoi displacing many of the poorest residents living at the development site, along with the problems that follow when it has been announced that a company gets a piece of land. It follows with an international standard set when it comes to such issues.

I think that the general idea of just being able to take land from people in countries abroad drives the poverty of the area higher as most of their livelihoods are in the land that they inhabit, along with them already being poor as it is.

I wonder if the system be better managed if the locals living on the ground were given authority over the land they occupy.

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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Lifestyle : Urban farming can stem poverty and food insecurity

Largely criminalised and facing accusations ranging from encouraging breeding of mosquitoes to acting as hiding places for thugs, urban agriculture is slowly emerging as a food security option, with reports indicating that up to half of the food...
Leong Kin Wai's insight:

The insight uses the thinking routine of See, Think, Wonder

I see from this article about a dire situation happening in Kenya and many other countries in Africa, while the issue remains unsettled by the Kenyan government and may be worsened by them. I think that the Kenyan government should be assessing its policies and looking at urban agriculture from a market perspective in which accounts for the higher food prices and food shortages pushing for such a movement in the first place. I do wonder, however, about the value and contribution of urban farming in some quantifiable method, similar to the idea of using GDP to measure the economy.

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Poverty and education: why school reform is vital

Poverty and education: why school reform is vital | Poverty Asignment by_Leong Kin Wai | Scoop.it

The most important civil-rights battleground today is education, writes Nicholas D. Kristof, and the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools.


Inner-city urban schools today echo the "separate but equal" system of the early 1950s. In the Chicago Public Schools (where a tentative agreement was just reached following a teachers' strike), 86 percent of children are black or Hispanic, and 87 percent come from low-income families.


Those students often don't get a solid education, any more than blacks received in their separate schools before Brown v. Board of Education. Chicago's high school graduation rates have been improving but are still about 60 percent. Just 3 percent of black boys in the ninth grade end up earning a degree from a four-year college, according to the Consortium on Chicago School Research.


America's education system has become less a ladder of opportunity than a structure to transmit inequity from one generation to the next.

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Leong Kin Wai's insight:

The insight is done using the 4Cs thinking routine.

Something that seems close to the idea of reforming the school system is the idea of 'school choice', a voucher system that allows for children to be sent to another school with the voucher, the purpose being to push children from failing schools to better ones without moving house.

The concept that is important to note here is that the author is making mention not of school choice, but of reforming the school system in itself, which would be referring to reform of the hiring system of teachers.

The change here is in how I believe people can succeed and subsequently how some teachers say we do. I have felt before that regardless of who teachers, I am the only one held responsible. Now, while that statement still holds truth in who society might point the finger to, that teachers also have a responsibility in moulding the workers of tomorrow.

What I want to challenge here has something to do with the connection from the beginning with the idea of school choice. If the key idea is to rid of bad teachers, what about a system that may incentivise students to move to better schools by giving them the choice and means to do so?

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