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ERIC Number: EJ1004484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1465
Physical Limitation and Emotional Well-Being: Gender and Marital Status Variations
Caputo, Jennifer; Simon, Robin W.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v54 n2 p240-256 Jun 2013
Despite the proliferation of studies documenting the relationship between physical limitation and depressive symptoms in the United States, we currently do not know (1) whether physical impairment is associated with other dimensions of emotional well-being and (2) if these associations differ for men and women as well as married and nonmarried adults. We use panel data from two national samples to examine gender and marital status variations in the impact of physical limitation on four indicators of mental health. We find that physical limitation is associated with increases in depressive symptoms and negative feelings as well as decreases in positive emotions. Although the patterns are complex, we also find gender and marital status differences in these associations. Our results provide additional support for Aneshensel's (1992; Aneshensel, Rutter, and Lachenbruch 1991) argument about the highly contingent nature of stress reactivity and contribute to theory about both gender and marital status differences in the impact of stress on mental health. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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