Financial Worries Affect U.S. Women, Latinos Mental Health

Most U.S. adults report having worries about at least two financial problems, akin to being able to pay for medical bills, retirement or a child’s schooling, a new survey finds.

People with two or more financial worries had been far more prone to suffer from severe psychological misery than those who reported fewer cash concerns, Dr. Judith Weissman, a mental health researcher at the NY State Psychiatric Institute in New York, and her colleagues discovered.

Financial misery had a relatively higher effect on psychological health in women and Latinos, while much less-educated whites reported the most psychological distress.

Death charges amongst center-aged white women and men in the U.S. have been on the rise since about 1999, largely pushed by increases in deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning, alcoholic liver illness and suicide, the study crew notes in the Community Mental Health Journal.

While unemployment and different economic measures have been linked to psychological and physical health, the function of subjective measurements – how people feel about their financial conditions – isn’t as clear, they write.

The researchers looked at critical psychological misery, which isn’t a diagnosis; however, the measurement of an individual’s general psychological health and social functioning in a sample of 24,126 U.S. adults who represented more than 245 million individuals nationwide.

Study participants, who had been surveyed in 2016, also reported whether or not they have been worried about paying their bills, affording serious medical events, paying for retirement, paying for children’s college, or being able to keep their standard of living.

College tuition was the top fear, reported by about 56% of participants, followed by paying for retirement, by about 49%. 59% reported at least two financial worries, whereas 13% had one financial concern. 28% reported having no worries at all.