The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between perceived stress and social support among Masters of Social Work (MSW) students. The data were collected in this study through a self-administered questionnaire. The sample size was 64 students. The survey instrument consisted of the Perceived Stress Scale, the Perceived Social Support from Friends, Perceived Social Support from Family, and demographic questions.
The results indicated that MSW students reported moderately high levels of perceived support from family and friends. Single students reported higher levels of support from friends than students who were married, engaged, or co-habitating. Also, a higher level of family support was associated with lower levels of stress. This finding suggests that students without family support may be a particularly vulnerable group.
The results of this study suggest that MSW programs need to create opportunities for students to network with each other and offer each other support.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Social work|
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