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ERIC Number: EJ862624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0193-3973
Adolescent Boys' Intentions of Seeking Help from Male Friends and Female Friends
Sears, Heather A.; Graham, Joanna; Campbell, Anna
Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, v30 n6 p738-748 Nov-Dec 2009
This study examined adolescent boys' intentions of seeking help from male friends and female friends. We evaluated mean differences in boys' help-seeking intentions; assessed whether boys' individual characteristics predicted their intentions; and examined perceived support from male friends and female friends as mediators of these relationships. Participants were 171 boys (Grades 9-12) who were living in rural communities. Youths completed an anonymous survey at school. Results showed that boys had higher intentions of seeking help from female friends than male friends. Boys who reported a more adaptable temperament and less conformity to the masculine norm emotional control indicated higher intentions of seeking help from male friends and female friends. Boys' perceptions of support mediated the relationships between adaptable temperament and emotional control and intentions of accessing male friends and female friends. The implications of these patterns for future research and for programs that promote adaptive coping by youths are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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