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Adolescents and social support situations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 57, no 3, 223-232 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study concerned adolescents' needs for social support with a focus on specific situations. The Adolescent Need for Social Support Questionnaire (ANSSQ) was developed based on qualitative interviews with typically developing adolescents about situations in which they need parent support. The questionnaire was tested on a sample of 380 Swedish 15-year-olds. A 3-component structure reflecting the dimensions Home and school, Low mood, and Sex and alcohol was tested in SEM analyses. Scales based on these dimensions, measuring support from parents and peers, yielded satisfactory psychometric results. Parent support was preferred over peer support for Home and school situations; in the other two areas peers were more likely to be the support providers. Females turned more often to parents and friends for support than males. Seeking parental support was positively related to adolescent disclosure and negatively related to adolescent secrecy, indicating convergent and discriminant validity. Further validation of the ANSSQ is discussed. The current study points to possibilities for adapting measures of social support to contexts.

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2016. Vol. 57, no 3, 223-232 p.
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Social support, adolescents, parents, peers, disclosure, questionnaire
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133252DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12282ISI: 000379940100006PubMedID: 27038341OAI: diva2:958309
Available from: 2016-09-06 Created: 2016-09-05 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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