ERIC Number: EJ876364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Support from Parents, Friends, Classmates, and Teachers in Children and Adolescents Aged 9 to 18 Years: Who Is Perceived as Most Supportive?
Bokhorst, Caroline L.; Sumter, Sindy R.; Westenberg, P. Michiel
Social Development, v19 n2 p417-426 May 2010
Age and gender differences in perceived social support from parents, friends, classmates, and teachers were investigated in 304 boys and 351 girls aged 9-18 years. The social support scale for children and adolescents was used for this purpose. Analyses showed that the level of perceived social support from parents and friends was similar across age groups. The study of the prominence of social support sources showed that parents and friends were perceived as equally supportive; only for the ages 16-18 years did friend support exceed parent support. Support from teachers was lower in the older age groups, and this was related to the transition from primary to secondary school. Finally, girls perceived more support from teachers, classmates and friends than boys did.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Females, Age Differences, Adolescents, Gender Differences, Males, Parent Child Relationship, Children, Peer Relationship, Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Student Attitudes, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools
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