M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Communication
Social support in the classroom is an under-researched area of instructional
communication literature. Cutrona and Russell’s (1990) five dimensions of social support were
used as a framework to investigate peer social support. Those five dimensions were expected to
predict engagement, classroom participation behavior, attitude towards attending class, and
identification with the university. Participants (n=222) were asked to respond to measures that
were developed to assess the five social support types and the four criterion variables. All the
types of social support were found to be positively correlated with the criterion variables when
the zero-order correlations were examined. It was also found that esteem support and recognition
were the two significant predictors contributing significant unique variance when multiple
regression analyses were performed for all four criterion variables.
Debeck, Dennis Paul, "Peer Social Support in the Classroom" (2020). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6968.
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