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Inequality and mental health

As a research associate at the Trimbos Institute (the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction), I study the social determinants of mental health. Prior research shows that socioeconomic disadvantage such as poverty causes mental ill-health, which implies that reducing deprivation also supports a mentally healthy society. Our team at Trimbos aims to determine what this means for the Dutch context and how good policy and practice on social determinants can stimulate public mental health. We employ a multi-method approach combining participatory research, interviewing, group model building and concept mapping, text mining, and multivariate statistics, among others.

A recent review paper from our team on this topic can be found here (in Dutch). This is my latest preprint using text mining to estimate policy attention for the social determinants of health in Dutch parliament.

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