Families as support and burden: a mixed methods exploration of the extent to which family identification and support predicts reductions in stress among disadvantaged neighbourhood residents

Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Wakefield, J.R.H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9155-9683, Kellezi, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-4825-3624, Stack, R.J. and Dogra, S., 2022. Families as support and burden: a mixed methods exploration of the extent to which family identification and support predicts reductions in stress among disadvantaged neighbourhood residents. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 39 (4), pp. 886-907. ISSN 0265-4075

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Abstract

Stronger family relationships predict positive health outcomes: a relationship that is partially due to the range of emotional, practical and informational support that families can provide. Yet not all families possess these resources. A survey study in a disadvantaged community in Nottingham, UK (N=142) demonstrated that family identification positively predicts ability to cope with financial stress, but that this relationship is moderated by whether family support is present or absent. Semi-structured interviews with 10 members of different families from the same community shed further light upon the nature of this relationship: individuals report that they tend to turn to their family rather than friends or community services in times of financial hardship, even though their family are unlikely to be able to support them effectively, and that this is often due to feelings of embarrassment or finance-related stigma. Our findings highlight the complex role that families can play in finance-related issues, as well as the need to encourage individuals to seek financial support from sources which provide effective (rather than emotionally comfortable) assistance.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Creators: Stevenson, C., Wakefield, J.R.H., Kellezi, B., Stack, R.J. and Dogra, S.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: April 2022
Volume: 39
Number: 4
ISSN: 0265-4075
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10.1177/02654075211050071DOI
1471778Other
Rights: Reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 20 Sep 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2022 11:10
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44212

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