Social Indicators Research

, Volume 91, Issue 2, pp 283–298

Financial Stress, Shaming Experiences and Psychosocial Ill-Health: Studies into the Finances-Shame Model


DOI: 10.1007/s11205-008-9286-8

Cite this article as:
Starrin, B., Åslund, C. & Nilsson, K.W. Soc Indic Res (2009) 91: 283. doi:10.1007/s11205-008-9286-8


The aim of the study was to test the Finances-Shame model and its explanatory power regarding the prevalence of psychosocial ill-health. The Finances-Shame model postulates that (i) the greater the financial stress and the more experiences of having been shamed, the greater the risk for psychosocial ill-health, (ii) the lesser the financial stress and the fewer experiences of having been shamed, the lower the risk for psychosocial ill-health. The study was based upon a survey carried out during the period March 2000–May 2000 in a mid-Swedish region (n = 5,666). The response rate was 69%. The results of the study supported the hypotheses.


Psychosocial deprivationAnxietyDepressionHealthEconomicsShameFinances-Shame model

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bengt Starrin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cecilia Åslund
    • 3
  • Kent W. Nilsson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department for Social Studies, Faculty of Social and Life SciencesKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.Faculty of Health and Social StudiesLillehammer University CollegeLillehammerNorway
  3. 3.Centre for Clinical ResearchUppsala University, Central Hospital VästeråsVästeråsSweden