Material hardship, such as not being able to pay bills, negatively affects both physical and mental health. This research brief examines how different types of material hardship (difficulty paying for food, bills, and health care) are associated with self-rated health, depression, sleep problems, and suicidal thoughts among U.S. young adults (ages 24-32).
mental health, depression, suicide, health outcomes, young adults, stress
Family, Life Course, and Society | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Public Health
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This research uses data from Add Health, a program project directed by Kathleen Mullan Harris and designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and funded by grant P01- HD31921 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 23 other federal agencies and foundations. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwisle for assistance in the original design. Information on how to obtain the Add Health data files is available on the Add Health website (http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth). No direct support was received from grant P01-HD31921 for this analysis. The authors also thank Shannon Monnat and Megan Ray for edits on an earlier version of this brief.
National Institute on Aging, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
1P30AG066583, P01- HD31921
Heflin, Colleen; Green, Katie; Huang, Ying; and Validova, Asiya, "Unmet Needs are Associated with Increased Stress and Poor Physical and Mental Health in Early Adulthood" (2021). Population Health Research Brief Series. 119.
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