This study examines whether perceived stigma and discrimination moderate the associations between functional limitation, psychosocial coping resources, and depressive symptoms among people with physical disabilities. Using two waves of data from a large community study including a representative sample of persons with physical disabilities (N = 417), an SEM-based moderated mediation analysis was performed. Mediation tests demonstrate that mastery significantly mediates the association between functional limitation and depressive symptoms over the study period. Moderated mediation tests reveal that the linkage between functional limitation and mastery varies as a function of perceived stigma and experiences of major discrimination and day-to-day discrimination, however. The implications of these findings are discussed in the context of the stress and coping literature.
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This research was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse Grants RO1 DA13292 and RO1 DA016429 (to R. Jay Turner).
Brown, Robyn Lewis, "Functional Limitation and Depressive Symptomatology: Considering Perceived Stigma and Discrimination Within a Stress and Coping Framework" (2017). Sociology Faculty Publications. 10.