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

  • Abdulaziz AlhenaidiEmail author
  • Tim Huijts


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.


Economic crisis Foreclosure Great Recession Mental health 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.General Practice and Primary Care, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life SciencesUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

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