Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Malecki, Christine K.

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Psychology

LCSH

Personality psychology||Psychology||Teenagers--Social networks--United States--Psychological aspects||Personality in adolescence--United States||Adolescent psychology--United States

Abstract

Social support is important for adolescents as it is related to outcomes such as anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. These associations are well established in the literature as known factors related to adolescents' perception of social support from parents, teachers, friends, and classmates. However, it is important for researchers to understand additional factors that are related to perceived social support. One factor that is relevant to all students is personality. This factor has been investigated with adolescents outside of the United States but has not been investigated with adolescents in the United States. The present study sought to investigate the relationship of perceived social support and the Big Five in adolescents in the United States. Findings from the current study indicate that perceived social support from each source is related to two or more of the Big Five personality domains. Additionally, it was found that openness to experience was not significantly related to perceived social support from any source. Implications of the findings from the current study are discussed.

Comments

Advisors: Christine K. Malecki.||Committee members: Michelle K. Demaray; Kevin Wu.

Extent

88 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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