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ERIC Number: ED517120
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 220
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-3421-8
Suburban Middle School Students' Reports of the Social Supports They Receive through Their School's Advisory Program
Giller, Beth M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Hartford
A survey method was used to examine suburban middle school students' reports of the social supports they received through their school's advisory program. A widely used middle school practice, advisory program, in this study, referred to a weekly, structured class period (44 minutes) designed deliberately to foster healthy relationships between students and teachers, and students and peers. The school in which the study took place was in the second year of implementing advisory classes. A modified version of the Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale (Malecki, Demaray, & Elliot, 2000) was administered to 580 students in Grades 6 through 8. This self-report questionnaire assesses four different types of social support (i.e., emotional, informational, appraisal, and instrumental), the sources of support (i.e., parents, teachers, classmates, close friends, and school), and the importance students place on that support. Data analyses revealed yielded results similar to previous social support research in finding that younger students perceived they received more social support through advisory class than older Grade 7 or 8 students. Similarly, girls perceived more support than did boys. Overall, participants perceived the most support from their advisory teacher and a close friend in advisory. Finally, students perceived and valued emotional support the most when compared with the other types of social support. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States