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Saturday, May 19 • 8:00am - 9:30am
E2b-Income Adequacy and Depression Among Older Adults

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Karen A. Zurlo, Yeonjung Lee - Mid-aged adults are increasingly experiencing depressive symptomatology. Yet, little is known about the effects of perceived income adequacy on depressive symptomatology. We initially assessed this relationship at two points in time (2006 and 2010) using data from the Health and Retirement Study and secondly, determined whether three different measures of locus of control impact this relationship. A significant association existed between perceived income adequacy and depressive symptomatology. Those reporting greater depression include individuals with less perceived income adequacy, aged 51-64, the unmarried, and those with fewer years of education. The combined effects of locus of control had a significant effect on decreased depressive symptomatology. This suggests that middle age is a time when control mechanisms can be developed and used as a protective factor against depressive symptomatology.


Karen A. Zurlo

Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Saturday May 19, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am