The findings indicate that the link may be driven by feeling a lack of control over one's life, researchers said.
    
The research stemmed from an observation of two co-occurring trends - increasing economic insecurity and increasing complaints of physical pain.

Data from a diverse consumer panel of 33,720 individuals showed that households in which both adults were unemployed spent 20 percent more on over-the-counter painkillers in 2008 compared with households with at least one employed adult.

The researchers found that the degree to which participants felt in control of their lives helped to account for the association between feelings of economic insecurity and reports of physical pain.

The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.

 

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