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2019 Aug 02

Soc Sci Med


How painful is a recession? An assessment of two future-oriented buffering mechanisms.


Wilkinson LR, Schafer MH, Wilkinson R
Soc Sci Med. 2019 Aug 02; 255:112455.
PMID: 32416438.


Guided by stress process theory, this study investigates the association between the economic downturn and chronic pain interference, as well as the role of two future-oriented buffering mechanisms (anticipated stressor duration and pre-recession financial optimism) in this relationship. This research integrates both an objective measure of the recession based on negative personal experiences, as well as subjective event-based appraisals of how the recession impacted people's lives.