ERIC Number: ED192239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Social Support as a Stress-Buffer: A Multi-Method Investigation.
Sandler, Irwin N.; Barrera, Manuel, Jr.
People exposed to stressful experiences should be less negatively affected if they receive higher rather than lower levels of social support. This proposition was tested by investigating the "stress buffering" role of social support in a way that allowed comparison between conceptually different measures related to the construct of support. Results indicate that the quantity of helping behavior received and the number of helpers in the support network are not the critical features of social support. Support that is rated as satisfying, however, does provide effective assistance in coping with stress. The kinds of support received in different stress situations and the individual's ability to use this support are logical foci for further research. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Support Systems
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).