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Demaray, Michelle K.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Previous research has explored the impact of stress on students’ well-being, including academic outcomes such as grades and student engagement. Research has also noted the positive and protective impact of social support from family, friends, classmates, teachers, etc., on academic outcomes. The current study sought to extend the existing base of literature by exploring the relation between stress, social support, and engagement among college students. In the current sample, stress was found to be a significant, positive predictor of social engagement with peers. Regression results also revealed significant and positive associations between social support from family and academic engagement. Additionally, social support from family was found to have a moderating effect on the relation between stress and affective engagement. Implications of the current research are discussed, as well as limitations.


82 pages




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