Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Carolyn C. Cutrona
This study examined the influences of support visibility, perceived responsiveness, and adult attachment dimensions on the effects of social support. These influences were assessed for support's impact on depressive symptoms, self-esteem, relationship satisfaction, perceived mattering, intimacy, and progress towards stressor resolution. A total of 99 couples recruited from the ISU Psychology Research Pool participated. Multilevel regression results failed to replicate key support visibility findings. Attachment avoidance was negatively associated with perceived responsiveness for men and with perceived support receipt for both genders. Practical support was associated with stressor resolution for men only. For men only, support receipt (but not partner provision) was associated with decreased depressive symptoms and increased selfesteem. Additional results regarding daily fluctuations in depression are also presented.
Shaffer, Philip, "Visibility and responsiveness: Their influences on the impact of social support" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 11531.