The adverse effects of foreclosure on mental health in the United States after the Great Recession: a literature review

Abdulaziz Alhenaidi*, Tim Huijts

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The aim of this review is to examine the relationship between mental health conditions and foreclosures after the great recession in the united states (u.s.). Our search yielded 148 studies, eight of which met the criteria for inclusion. Based on a narrative analysis, a worsened psychological condition and an increase in the prevalence and risk of depression and anxiety emerged as consequences of foreclosures. Foreclosures could also compromise mental health for those who did not directly experience it. All in all, we conclude that foreclosure has had a detrimental impact on mental health in the u.s. After the great recession.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-352
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Issue number1
Early online date2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • economic crisis
  • foreclosure
  • great recession
  • mental health
  • Mental health
  • Foreclosure
  • Great Recession
  • Economic crisis

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