In this paper, we examine whether people's beliefs about the permanence, desirability, and importance of marriage moderate the impact of marital transitions-including marital losses and gains-on depression, a disorder associated with both marital status and role transitions.
Using two waves ofpanel data from the National Survey of Families and Households (N=10,005), we find that a marital loss results in increased symptoms, whereas a marital gain results in decreased symptoms.
We also find, however, that the negative effects of a marital loss are greater for people who believe in the permanence of marriage than they are for those who do not.
Conversely, the positive effects of a marital gain are greater for people who believe in the desirability and importance of marriage than they are for those who do not.
Our results highlight the potential utility of more systematically incorporating people's beliefs-and sociocultural factors more generally-into theory and research on the impact of stressors on mental health.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat dépressif, Croyance, Mariage, Statut conjugal, Transition, Désirabilité sociale, Stress, Coping, Attitude, Santé mentale, Environnement social, Homme, Trouble humeur
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Depression, Belief, Marriage, Marital status, Transition, Social desirability, Stress, Coping, Attitude, Mental health, Social environment, Human, Mood disorder
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Code Inist : 002B18C07A. Création : 22/03/2000.