Title

Older adolescents' perceptions of social support and their willingness to seek help for a dating problem from same-sex and other-sex friends

Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Fritz, Patti (Psychology)

Keywords

Psychology, Social.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study examined relations among expectations of support (i.e., emotional and instrumental) and late adolescents' willingness to seek help for a dating problem from female and male friends. It also examined whether teens' willingness to seek help differed by past help seeking and gender, and aspects of help seeking perceived as most and least helpful. Online survey data were collected from 122 adolescents (94 females, 28 males) aged 17-18 years. Results showed that expectations of emotional support from male and female friends were related to greater willingness to seek help from friends of the same gender. Previous help-seeking experience was related to greater willingness to seek help from female friends, but less willingness to seek help from male friends for males. Findings also suggest that adolescents prefer emotional support for a dating problem.