Regulatory flexibility of sustaining daily routines and mental health in adaptation to financial strain: A vignette approach

Wai Kai HOU, Li LIANG, Clint HOUGEN, George A. BONANNO

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Abstract

A vignette approach was adopted to investigate flexibility of sustaining daily routines and whether and how this ability was related to mental health at different levels of financial strain. Three separate studies were conducted with community-dwelling adults (N = 1685) in the USA. In Study 1, we drafted, tested, and modified vignettes with reference to pilot data on the relevance of the scenarios and response options. In Study 2, regulatory flexibility of sustaining daily routines, as calculated in term of context sensitivity and responsiveness to feedback, was formulated correlations with self-reported instruments to demonstrate its concurrent validity, discriminant validity, and criterion-related validity. In Study 3, path analysis examined the associations of regulatory flexibility of sustaining daily routines with psychological distress and well-being, and the moderating effects of subjective financial strain on the associations. Results showed that the inverse associations of context sensitivity and responsiveness to feedback with depressive symptoms were stronger at medium/high levels relative to lower levels of perceived financial strain. The inverse association between context sensitivity and positive affect was significant only at higher levels of strain. Our findings could provide a feasible direction for developing scalable behavioral interventions for potential mental health problems, especially among those with a lower socioeconomic status. Copyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3103
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Mar 2021

Citation

Hou, W. K., Liang, L., Hougen, C., & Bonanno, G. A. (2021). Regulatory flexibility of sustaining daily routines and mental health in adaptation to financial strain: A vignette approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063103

Keywords

  • Financial strain
  • Daily routines
  • Regulatory flexibility
  • Mental health
  • Vignette

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