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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 238-242

Social changes in the 21st century have differentially affected the mental health scenario in the developing world

National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda, Sri Lanka

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Prof. Harischandra Gambheera
National Institute of Mental Health, Angoda
Sri Lanka
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.193198

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The effects of social development in the 21st century have affected different countries and different social groups differently. Although social development upgraded life standards of a sector of population, it has affected adversely on poor socioeconomic groups in different parts of the world. Even though the economic status of urban cities in developing countries has gone up, standards of living have not risen parallely. The social structure has changed and risk factors for common mental illness have increased whereas poorly developed mental health services remain unchanged. Resource allocation for the development of mental health services in developing countries still appears to be minimal.

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