Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Carolyn C. Cutrona

Abstract

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.

Copyright Owner

Philip Shaffer

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

97 pages

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Psychology Commons

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