When it Rains, it Pours: The Greater Impact of Resource Loss Compared to Gain on Psychological Distress

  title={When it Rains, it Pours: The Greater Impact of Resource Loss Compared to Gain on Psychological Distress},
  author={Jennifer D. Wells and Stevan E Hobfoll and Justin Lavin},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={1172 - 1182}
The authors prospectively investigated stress in 71, mostly European American, pregnant women. Conservation of Resources (COR) theory was applied to assess the impact of resource losses and gains that occur in women’s lives. Resources were defined as those things that people value or that act as a means to obtaining that which they value and include social, personal, object, and condition resources. The authors hypothesized that women’s resource losses would better predict postpartum anger and… 

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