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Scudder, Joseph

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

Legacy Department

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.


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