Effects of Poverty Depression and Suicidal Thoughts According to Mawere (2017), 75% of suicide cases occur in middle-income countries, and among the low and middle social-economic groups. The authors note that suicide cases tend to happen in areas where poverty is high, which suggests a direct relationship between poverty and suicides (Bantjes, McDaid, & Lund, 2016). A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine confirmed a close relationship between poverty levels and suicidal rates in the United States of America. According to the study, suicidal rates were higher in places where poverty rate was higher ( Waldrop, & Saunders, 2007 ). The researchers concluded that the consequences of unemployment were the leading causes of depression and the related suicidal thoughts in the region. Besides, the underemployed so that their income can barely meet their
daily expenditure were among the leading people that were affected by depression and the related suicidal thoughts. Impressively, the results regarding the relationship between suicide and poverty were consistent in developing countries ( Waldrop, & Saunders, 2007) . Poverty is also a major causal factor for both voluntary and involuntary unemployment where people choose not to work under the prevailing conditions or they cannot secure work even when they are willing and capable of working. Poverty also manifests into urbanization as people move to urban centers in search of employment opportunities. Unfortunately, the employment opportunities available in urban areas cannot match the high demand for work due to the related high population in the urban centers. Those that are unable to secure jobs in the towns end up living in inhuman-like conditions characterized by poor housing, malnutrition, poor health, and antisocial behaviors such as crime and promiscuity ( Waldrop, & Saunders, 2007 ). Indeed, research reveals that poverty is a leading causal factor for crime and promiscuity as people strive to get a livelihood in unethical manners
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