2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Longitudinal Relations of Markers of Success with Emotional Functioning
Kenda Eberhardt
Dr. Jeffrey Vittengl, Faculty Mentor

Previous research demonstrated that vehicle ownership/financial position (income, net worth, and socioeconomic status) and emotional functioning (well-being and depressive symptoms) are correlated concurrently (Weich, & Lewis, 1998; Dahan-Oliel, et al., 2010). In the current study, longitudinal relations between these variabales were estimated in large, nationally representative samples. Data included two waves, 6-10 years apart. Linear regression was used to estimate the ability of economic functioning to predict subsequent emotional functioning, and vice versa. Emotional functioning?s ability to predict subsequent vehicle ownership (median r=.03, ns), and vehicle ownership?s ability to predict subsequent emotion functioning, were small (median r=.05, p<.01). Emotional functioning?s prediction of subsequent financial position (median r=.06, p<.01), and financial position?s prediction of subsequent emotional functioning (median r=.12, p<.01), were somewhat stronger Financial position?s ability to predict changes in emotional functioning suggests that economic interventions have potential to improve emotional functioning.

Keywords: income, net worth, socioeconomic status, well-being, depression


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 11-12
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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