J Behav Med
We investigated the impact of frequently occurring minor stressors (hassles) upon health status in a sample of low-income, elderly persons with osteoarthritis. These individuals are characterized by conditions which are precursors to experiencing stress. Using a modified Hassles scale, we replicated some important findings in a sample demographically distinct from earlier studies on hassles. Specifically, hassles were better predictors of health status than major life change events, and the influence of life change events was indirect, i.e., it increased hassles, which in turn, negatively affected health status. Furthermore, hassles correlated strongly with validated indicators of health status. By replicating earlier studies in a demographically dissimilar sample, and by finding significant correlations between hassles and valid physical health measures, we have strengthened the conceptual development of hassles.
1950, Aged, better, Development, elderly, Female, Health, Health Status, Human, Life, Life Change Events, low-income, Male, Mental Health, Middle Age, Osteoarthritis: psychology, Pain: psychology, ResNet, Stress, Stress,Psychological: psychology, support, Support,U.S.Gov't,P.H.S.