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

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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA 2: Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences, University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA., Email: [email protected] 3: University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, USA 4: University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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