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The buffering effect of tangible social support on financial stress: Influence on psychological well-being and psychosomatic symptoms in a large sample of the adult general population
Uppsala University, Sweden .
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-7260
Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden .
Uppsala University, Sweden .
2014 (English)In: International Journal for Equity in Health, ISSN 1475-9276, E-ISSN 1475-9276, Vol. 13, no 1, p. Article number 85-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Conclusions: Social support had its strongest effect at high levels of financial stress. The question whether the altering of our social networks may improve physical health is important for the prevention of ill health in people experiencing financial stress. Strengthening social networks may have the potential to influence health-care costs and improve quality of life. Introduction. Financial stress is an important source of distress and is related to poor mental and physical health outcomes. The present study investigated whether tangible social support could buffer the effect of financial stress on psychological and psychosomatic health. Results: Individuals with high financial stress and low tangible social support had six to seven times increased odds ratios for low psychological well-being and many psychosomatic symptoms. By contrast, individuals with high financial stress and high tangible social support had only two to three times increased odds ratios for low psychological well-being and three to four times increased odds ratios for many psychosomatic symptoms, suggesting a buffering effect of tangible social support. Consistent with the buffering hypothesis, there were significant interactions between financial stress and social support, particularly in relation to low psychological well-being.

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2014. Vol. 13, no 1, p. Article number 85-
Keywords [en]
Buffering effect, Economic stress, Public health, Self-rated health, Social support
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26153DOI: 10.1186/s12939-014-0085-3ISI: 000345537100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907802264OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-26153DiVA, id: diva2:757423
Available from: 2014-10-22 Created: 2014-10-22 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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