Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Menna, Rosanne,


Psychology, Social.




This study examines adolescents' and young adults' support networks and the importance of support to their well-being. One hundred and sixty subjects, distributed across four age groups (15--16, 17--18, 20--22, 25--27 years old) completed a semi-structured interview assessing their worries, stressful life events, and received support. They also completed self-report measures of perceived support, life stress, and well-being. Results revealed significant main effects and interactions across age, sex, race, and SES. For instance, the youngest group was more likely than the other three age groups to receive no support. Females were found to receive more emotional support. However, the youngest males received more emotion focused support across age. Whites were found to have larger support networks than African-Americans. Whites and adolescents of middle SES were found to more often turn to professionals while male African-Americans of low SES more often turned to religious figures. Perceived support and social integration were found to be positively related to well-being. Results are discussed in terms of their implications for healthy adolescent development. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0609. Adviser: Rosanne Menna. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2000.