Do Financial Constraints Affect Depressive Symptomatology Among Mid-Aged and Older Adults?

TitleDo Financial Constraints Affect Depressive Symptomatology Among Mid-Aged and Older Adults?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsGillen, M, Zurlo, KA, Kim, H
JournalThe International Journal of Aging and Human Development
Volume85
Issue4
Pagination438-455
ISSN Number0091-4150
KeywordsDepressive symptoms, Financial literacy, Socioeconomic factors, Well-being
Abstract

The relationship between financial constraints and depressive symptomatology among adults aged 50 and greater was examined. The mediating effect of perceived control over one’s financial circumstances on this relationship was assessed. Ordinary least square hierarchical regression models were estimated using data from the Health and Retirement Study. As an aggregated measure, financial constraints were positively associated with depression in mid-age and late life, and this relationship was partially accounted for by the pathway of perceived control over one’s financial circumstances. When disaggregated as a measure, financial constraints at the individual level had a significant effect on depression, while financial constraints at the family and public levels did not have a significant effect. When added to the model, perceived control over one’s financial circumstances had a significant effect on depressive symptomatology, financial constraints remained significant at the individual level.

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0091415017697724http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0091415017697724
DOI10.1177/0091415017697724
Short TitleInt J Aging Hum Dev
Citation Key9372