This study examines the association between food insecurity and mental health over a 3-year period. It also assesses the salience of life stressors and psychosocial coping resources for this association. We utilize data from a two-wave community survey of Miami-Dade County, Florida residents (N = 1488). Findings from SEM analysis reveal that greater food insecurity at W1 is associated with greater depressive symptoms at W2, lending credence to characterizations of food insecurity as a chronic stressor. This association is partly mediated by variation over the study period in social support and mastery. However, no significant mediating effects are observed for the social stress indicators assessed. Food insecurity is associated with diminished psychosocial coping resources, which leads to greater psychological distress. We discuss how these findings extend a stress and coping model of food insecurity, and implications for research and practice.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Community Psychology|
|State||Published - Apr 2022|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (grants RO1 DA13292 and RO1 DA016429).
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- food insecurity
- mental health
- stress and coping
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology