Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Reposession and depression in the U.S.

As a result of the financial crisis in the U.S. a large number of people have experienced repossession (foreclosure). Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania studied the health of 250 Philadelphia homeowners whose homes were being repossessed and found that nearly half reported depressive symptoms and 37% met screening criteria for major depression. Many also reported skipping meals and being unable to afford prescription drugs.

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