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Economic Distress and Family Relations: A Review of the Eighties

Patricia Voydanoff
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 52, No. 4, Family Research in the 1980s: The Decade in Review (Nov., 1990), pp. 1099-1115
DOI: 10.2307/353321
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353321
Page Count: 17
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Economic Distress and Family Relations: A Review of the Eighties
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Abstract

Research reviewed in this essay documents a complex process in which macroeconomic and family demographic factors are associated with economic distress among individuals and families. Four components of economic distress—employment instability, employment uncertainty, economic deprivation, and economic strain—are shown to be negatively related to individual adjustment and family relations. Several individual and family coping resources and behaviors mediate relationships between economic distress and individual adjustment and family relations. The review closes with suggestions for future research and theory development.

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