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Washington University in St. Louis

Publication Date

Fall 2019

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Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights


Studies show that people who live in rural Kenya have more positive attitudes toward mental illnesses than people in urban areas. They also had more mental health knowledge. One of the differentiating factors between the two environments is the socioeconomic status of those who live in each area. People in rural areas tend to be of lower socioeconomic status, while those living in urban areas tend to be of a higher socioeconomic status. I wanted to see if the previous findings would be observed if we were looking at people in the same area (strictly urban or rural) with the only difference being the income level. I found that there was no significant difference in stigma, satisfaction and knowledge scores between low and high SES participants. Despite this, there were differences in how each group defined mental illness. Further research needs to be conducted with a better study design to find more concrete results.


African Languages and Societies | African Studies | Health Communication | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychology | Social and Cultural Anthropology


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