This study extends the family stress model by examining the influence of economic pressure on health and weight management behaviors mediated by depressive symptoms and spousal support among 506 African American married couples. The actor-partner interdependence model accounted for the interdependent nature of relationships. Findings support the family stress model; yet pathways differed slightly for husbands and wives. Economic pressure directly influenced depressive symptoms and spousal support. Spousal support was a buffer against poor health and weight management behaviors for husbands, while depressive symptoms exacerbated poor health and weight management behaviors for wives. These mechanisms have implications for practitioners who promote African American couples' well-being.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded by a grant from the National Institute for Child Health & Human Development, R01-HD050045; Chalandra M. Bryant is principal investigator.
© 2015 The Author(s).
- African Americans
- economic pressure
- health behavior