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Income Shocks and Adolescent Mental Health

ABORTION ABUSE ADHD ADOLESCENCE ADOLESCENT GIRLS ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY ADOLESCENT WOMEN ADOLESCENTS AGED AIDS EPIDEMIC ANEMIA ANXIETY ANXIETY DISORDERS BULLETIN BURDEN OF DISEASE CHILD HEALTH CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT COHORT STUDY COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS COMMUNICABLE DISEASES COMMUNITY HEALTH DEPRESSION DEPRESSION SCALE DEPRESSIVE DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DEVELOPMENT POLICY DIAGNOSES DIAGNOSIS DISABILITY DISEASE DROPOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD ECONOMIC GROWTH EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT EMOTIONS EPIDEMIC EPIDEMIOLOGY FEMALE ADOLESCENTS FEMALES FERTILITY GLOBAL AIDS EPIDEMIC GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT HEALTH CONSEQUENCES HEALTH ECONOMICS HEALTH EFFECTS HEALTH INDICATORS HEALTH INTERVENTIONS HEALTH OF ADOLESCENTS HEALTH ORGANIZATION HEALTH OUTCOMES HEALTH STATUS HIV/AIDS HOUSEHOLD ASSETS HUMAN CAPITAL HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS IMMUNODEFICIENCY INCOME INCOME INEQUALITY INFANTS INTERVENTION JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY LEVEL OF EDUCATION LIFE EVENTS LIVING STANDARDS MAJOR DEPRESSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDERS MEDICINE MENTAL MENTAL DISORDERS MENTAL HEALTH MENTAL HEALTH EFFECTS MENTAL HEALTH INDICATORS MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS MENTAL HEALTH STATUS MIGRATION MOOD MORBIDITY MOTHER NUMBER OF GIRLS NUTRITION OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE PEDIATRICS PERSONALITY PHYSICAL HEALTH PHYSICAL HEALTH OUTCOMES POLICY DISCUSSIONS POLICY RESEARCH POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER PREVALENCE PRIMARY CARE PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIMARY SCHOOLS PROBABILITY PROGRESS PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY PSYCHIATRIC MORBIDITY PSYCHIATRY PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS PSYCHOLOGY PUBLIC HEALTH QUALITY OF LIFE RATES OF GROWTH RESPECT RISK FACTORS RURAL AREAS SCHOOL ATTENDANCE SCHOOL YEAR SCHOOL YEARS SCREENING SECONDARY SCHOOL SECONDARY SCHOOLS SEX SEXUAL BEHAVIOR SEXUAL HEALTH SEXUALLY ACTIVE SIBLINGS SLEEP SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES SOCIAL DYSFUNCTION SOCIAL EXCLUSION SOCIAL PHOBIA SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY SOCIAL SCIENCE SPILLOVER SUBSISTENCE FARMING SYMPTOMS TREATMENT UNEMPLOYMENT URBAN AREAS VIOLENCE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION YOUNG CHILDREN YOUNG PEOPLE YOUNG WOMEN Microdata Set
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Africa | Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa | Southern Africa | Malawi
2012-03-19T18:01:55Z | 2012-03-19T18:01:55Z | 2011-04-01

In this paper, the authors investigate the effect of positive income shocks on the mental health of adolescent girls using experimental evidence from a cash transfer program in Malawi. They find that the provision of monthly cash transfers had a strong beneficial impact on the mental health of school-age girls during the two-year intervention. Among baseline schoolgirls who were offered unconditional cash transfers, the likelihood of suffering from psychological distress was 38 percent lower than the control group, while the same figure was 17 percent if the cash transfers offers were made conditional on regular school attendance. The authors find no impact on the mental health of girls who had already dropped out of school at baseline. The beneficial effects of cash transfers were limited to the intervention period and dissipated quickly after the program ended.

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