Weathering the Economic Storm Together: Family Identification Predicts Future Well-Being During COVID-19 via Enhanced Financial Resilience

Clifford Stevenson*, Juliet R. H. Wakefield, Mhairi Bowe, Blerina Këllezi, Beth Jones, Niamh McNamara

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Abstract

The economic crisis precipitated by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has placed considerable financial pressures on households across the world. These are compounded by the enforced isolation accompanying pandemic restrictions, during which individuals can struggle to access external assistance and often need to rely heavily on the social, emotional, and financial support of other family members. Previous research indicates that family financial stress has negative consequences for the mental health and well-being of members, but that heightened family identification can provide individuals with a stronger sense of collective financial resilience. In the present study, an online longitudinal survey of U.K. residents (N = 172) shows that, in summer 2020, the positive relationship between individuals’ family identification and their well-being 1 month later was mediated by levels of perceived family financial efficacy and financial stress. These findings build upon existing evidence of the pivotal role of the family in financial well-being and suggest that supporting family units to cope with shared financial challenges may have psychological benefits over and above supporting individual family members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume36
Issue number3
Early online date24 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Collective efficacy
  • Financial resilience
  • Longitudinal survey
  • Social identity
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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