Research published in the journal Paediatrics has linked inequality to child maltreatment. Data from US counties have shown a relationship even after adjusting for poverty, education levels, people receiving public assistance and racial or ethnic make up, reports Reuters.
Kate Pickett of the University of York said ‘This adds to past evidence that greater income inequality harms us all’.
In the New Statesman this week, Bill Kerry argues that to tackle mental health problems the government needs to urgently tackle inequality rather than focus on expensive and complicated solutions.
News: Social inequality affecting public health (30 October, 2013)
News: Income inequality and violence (20 April, 2011)
Comment: Income inequality: a longer view Richard Garside (17 February, 2010)
Speech: Inequality: the obstacle between us Richard Wilkinson (1 July, 2008)