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The length of breastfeeding and mental health status in Indonesia


  • Adiatma Siregar

    () (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Rahma Rahma

    () (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Nur Afni Panjaitan

    () (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Gilang Amarullah

    () (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)

  • Deni K Sunjaya

    () (Department of Public Health, Padjadjaran University)

  • Mohamad Fahmi

    () (Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University)


Mental illness is one of the diseases needs to be prioritized in Indonesia as it causes significant burden [1,2]. Currently, 14 million people of population above 15 years of age (6%) are suffering from emotional disorder, and more than 400,000 people are suffering from psychotic disorder [2]. Furthermore, people suffering from mental illness are still marginalized group and do not receive proper attention from development program [3]. Investment related to mental health in developing countries is relatively low, ranging between 1,5% - 2,4% of their health expenditure [4]. As Indonesia health expenditure is already low [5], this may become a problem as mental illness becomes more severe. This may worsen the condition of double burden of disease currently faced by Indonesia.

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  • Adiatma Siregar & Rahma Rahma & Nur Afni Panjaitan & Gilang Amarullah & Deni K Sunjaya & Mohamad Fahmi, 2017. "The length of breastfeeding and mental health status in Indonesia," Working Papers in Economics and Development Studies (WoPEDS) 201703, Department of Economics, Padjadjaran University, revised Sep 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:unp:wpaper:201703

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    1. Sujarwoto, Sujarwoto & Tampubolon, Gindo, 2013. "Mother's social capital and child health in Indonesia," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 91(C), pages 1-9.
    2. Tampubolon, Gindo & Hanandita, Wulung, 2014. "Poverty and mental health in Indonesia," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 106(C), pages 20-27.
    3. Riumallo-Herl, Carlos Javier & Kawachi, Ichiro & Avendano, Mauricio, 2014. "Social capital, mental health and biomarkers in Chile: Assessing the effects of social capital in a middle-income country," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 105(C), pages 47-58.
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    social capital; mental health; Indonesia;

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