The parent trap: promoting poor children’s mental health

Issue 137 (Autumn 2010)

The physical health of children today is arguably the best it has been since the Second World War, with their environments and nutrition substantially improved. However, while their physical health has improved through measures such as immunisation and better access to healthcare, mental health problems among children have increased. Here Dr Duncan Randall, Dr Robert Williams and Christopher Wagstaff argue that the evidence linking children’s mental health to income inequalities means that health policy and practice need a social justice.