Generational Status as a Moderator in the Relationship Between Perceived Parental Support and Perceived Stress Among College Students

Student: Ashley Arriaga (School of Graduate Studies)

Mentor: Sarah Feeney

Abstract:

Existing research highlights a connection between perceived parental support and stress, but primarily among adolescents rather than college students. The current study examined the association between parental support and stress and explored generational status as a moderator, with the expectation that this relationship would be stronger for first-generation students. Data were collected using an anonymous online survey distributed via social media websites. Participants were current college students between the ages of 18 and 30 (N = 101). Consistent with previous findings, family support was associated with stress, however, when first-generation and continuing generation college students were analyzed separately, results revealed a stronger correlation among first- generation college students. The difference in strength of the two correlations was not statistically significant.

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  1. Hi Ashley,
    Great work on a really interesting and important question. I wonder if you could speak to the use of the PSS-10 scale and the Perceived Parental Support scale (modified). Were there specific reasons you chose these scales to help you answer your research question? Thanks for your important work!

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