Perceptions of social support among male and female students with specific learning disabilities and in general education

dc.contributorCooper, Amy M.
dc.contributorRush, S. Craig
dc.contributorSiders, James A.
dc.contributorThoma, Stephen
dc.contributor.advisorHarrison, Patti L.
dc.contributor.authorCarpenter, Jennifer Short
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has recognized the significant relationship between perceived social support and resiliency in children and adolescents without disabilities, but less is known about the perceptions of social support among youth with disabilities. Available research suggests that students with disabilities report lower levels of social support from significant sources in their home and school environments when compared to student without disabilities. Gender research in perceived social support suggests that females have reported higher levels of social support when compared to male students. Other variables that may be related to ratings of perceived social support include family composition and extracurricular group membership. The present study collected data from male and female middle and high school students from one school system in the Southeastern United States. All statistical analyses were conducted using N of 103, including 22 male students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), 21 female students with SLD, 30 male students in general education, and 30 female students in general education. The majority of the sample included African American participants enrolled in middle school who were eligible for free or reduced lunch. No statistically significant findings in students' ratings perceived social support, as measured with the Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale (Malecki, Demaray, & Elliott, 2000) were identified within the multivariate analyses that compared male and female students with SLD and in general education. In the multivariate analyses exploring differences in student ratings of perceived social support across groups based on family composition and extracurricular group membership, a statistically significant main effect in extracurricular group membership was identified for the perceived social support rating of Teacher Frequency, with students who reported membership in one extracurricular group reporting higher teacher social support frequency ratings.en_US
dc.format.extent263 p.
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectEducational psychology
dc.titlePerceptions of social support among male and female students with specific learning disabilities and in general educationen_US
dc.typetext of Alabama. Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling Psychology University of Alabama
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