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Am J Health Behav. 2017 Jul 1;41(4):497-510. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.41.4.14.

Support Buffers Financial Strain's Effect on Health-related Quality of Life.

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1
Pre-doctoral Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
2
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX;, Email: lrreitze@central.uh.edu.
3
Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK.
4
Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX.
5
Professor, University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Financial strain represents a perceived inability to meet financial needs and obligations and is associated with poorer health outcomes. Distinct facets of perceived social support may mitigate the deleterious effects of financial strain on health. In the present study, we examined the extent to which appraisal, belonging, and tangible social support ameliorate the effects of financial strain on health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

METHODS:

A community sample (N = 238; 67.2% female; MAge = 43.4 years, SD = 13.1) completed inperson surveys as part of a larger study of health behaviors.

RESULTS:

Greater financial strain and less social support were associated with poorer HRQoL. Additionally, both appraisal and belonging support moderated the effects of financial strain on some HRQoL components, such that higher appraisal and belonging support were associated with diminished effects of financial strain on HRQoL.

CONCLUSIONS:

These findings suggest nuanced associations between financial strain and HRQoL. We discuss the implications for prevention and intervention programs.

PMID:
28601109
PMCID:
PMC5535782
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.41.4.14
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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