The study on the level of perceived social support among university students in terms of certain variables
Ökdem, Ş. (2010) The study on the level of perceived social support among university students in terms of certain variables. Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry (Anadolu Psikiyatri Dergisi), 11 (3). pp. 228-234.
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Objective: This study aims to examine the level of perceived social support among university students in terms of certain variables. Methods: This study has been applied to the 200 freshmen students at Başkent University, Department of Health Sciences. The data have been collected through a questionnaire comprised of 18 questions including sociodemographic features and the multi-dimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) via face-to-face interviews. Students have given their oral consents so as to participate in the study. In the statistical analysis of the data besides the percentage figures, t test was implemented for the independent groups in double groups, and a variant analysis in the groups exceeding double groups. Findings: The social support received by female students (72.62) and those received by male students (72.46) have been found to be very close to each other. When the social support received by the students has been evaluated in accordance with the departments they study, it has been found out that the average score of MSPSS among the Sport Sciences students (79.1) is higher than that of the students at other departments. On the other hand, the average score of Nursing students (71.63) has been found to be lower than that of the students studying at Nutrition and Dietetics, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, and Social Work. The social support (73.73) perceived by the students who claim that their parents generally understand them has been found to be higher that the one (67.93) perceived by those who think that they are not generally understood by their parents and the one (67.89) perceived by those who think that they are not understood by their parents at all, and the discrepancy has been found to be statistically valid (p<0.005). The social support received by the students whose parents state that they should have their own opinion in the way they wish has been found to be higher as well. Discussion: The results gathered from this study have shown that the level of social perceived support is positive and the supportive attitude of their parents has influenced the perception of social support in a positive way. In the study, the fact that the social support which bears great significance in coping with stressors among the students who think that they are not understood by their parents well enough may lead us think that this group’s ability to cope with stress should be enhanced.
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