Date of Award

Fall 12-10-2019

Thesis Access

Open Access Honors Thesis

Thesis Location

Honors College Thesis

Degree Name




Faculty Advisor

Samuele Zilioli



According to the Fundamental Cause Theory, socioeconomic status (SES) is comprised of multiple variables, including money, prestige, social status, and power (Phelan, 2010). The scientific literature has continued to reveal a robust relationship between SES and mental health outcomes. The same literature also highlights the role played by race, age, and gender in modulating this relationship. There are a multitude of models and theories from various disciplines that attempt to explain why and how SES impacts mental health. This literature review will include prominent theories and models in the field of psychology and public health. Specifically, the present literature review will examine the previous literature and findings on the relationship between SES and mental health, specifically depression and anxiety. Prominent previous empirical findings will be presented and interpreted through the lens of the Fundamental Cause Theory as well as through the framework of Intersectionality.

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Psychology Commons