Low socio-economic status and psychotherapy

Despite higher prevalence rates for mental illnesses in lower social classes, people with low socioeconomic status are less likely to be in psychotherapy. There is a research gap in Germany. In particular, it is unclear whether those affected find their way to psychotherapy less frequently, whether they are less likely to receive a therapy place upon request, which is indicated by data from the USA, or whether they are starting a therapy but it is less effective. In particular, studies with experimental designs (based on case vignettes) and qualitative interviews are conducted on the allocation of therapy places.

 

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