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Title: The mediating role of depression in the association between perceived financial wellbeing and somatization: a study in the context of Lebanon's financial crisis
Authors: Nehme, Antonio
Moussa, Sara
Fekih-Romdhane, Feten
Hallit, Souheil
Obeid, Sahar
Haddad, Georges
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Financial wellbeing
Issue Date: 2024-04-10
Part of: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
The objectives of this study were to examine the association between financial wellbeing and somatization, in addition to the mediating effect of anxiety, depression and stress. To test such hypotheses, a cross-sectional study was carried out between September and October 2021; 403 participants (264 females; age = 32.76 ± 13.24 years) were recruited. Depression mediated the association between financial wellbeing and somatization. A worse financial wellbeing was significantly associated with more depression, which was associated with more somatization. Moreover, a worse financial wellbeing was significantly and directly associated with more somatization. Our study adds to the narrow body of research revolving around the relationship between financial wellbeing and somatization in Lebanese adults. Understanding that the effects of, depression are aggravated in a country such as Lebanon would help establish more preventative guidelines and mental health awareness campaigns. Identifying the correlates of somatization can also be translated into improved interventions.
ISSN: 09603123
DOI: 10.1080/09603123.2024.2341132
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine

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