Social Indicators Research

, Volume 127, Issue 1, pp 435–445 | Cite as

Linking Social Support to Psychological Distress in the Unemployed: The Moderating Role of Core Self-Evaluations

  • Lourdes Rey
  • Natalio Extremera
  • María Angeles Peláez-Fernández


In this study, an integrative analysis involving social support and core self-evaluations (CSE) as concurrent predictors of psychological distress among unemployed adults was conducted. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between perceptions of social support and CSE with psychological distress among unemployed adults, as well as whether levels of CSE moderated the relations between social support and psychological distress. Results indicated that, along with the expected direct and additional influence, a significant social support × CSE interaction was found in explaining several dimensions of psychological distress beyond the independent effect of socio-demographic variables, social support and CSE independently. Specifically, we found significant interaction for social support × CSE in explaining stress and anxiety symptoms. Our data provide empirical support for theoretical and conceptual work connecting social support, CSE and psychological distress associated with unemployment suggesting that alone, but also in combination, these contextual and personal resources may be particularly relevant for leading to reduced psychological distress during unemployment. Finally, theoretical implications of the joint study of these constructs and their relation with psychological distress in unemployed people are discussed.


Social support Core self-evaluations Psychological distress Unemployment 



This research has been supported and funded in part by research project from Spanish Government PSI2012-38813.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lourdes Rey
    • 1
  • Natalio Extremera
    • 1
  • María Angeles Peláez-Fernández
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of MálagaMálagaSpain

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