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Association Between Social Support and Welfare in Young Adults Succeeding a Breakup

Benny, Laurel (2020) Association Between Social Support and Welfare in Young Adults Succeeding a Breakup. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Young adulthood has been conceptualized as a period of major changes and transitions. Such changes have been understood to increase feelings of stress and negative cognitions. As the development of romantic relationships is understood to be a crucial monument in young adulthood; the termination of a romantic relationship is recognized to induce feelings of depression and overall negatively effecting one’s wellbeing. Social support has been theorized as well as researched to be a protective factor in buffering feelings of stress. The current study aimed to explore the relationship between social support and wellbeing following a relationship in a sample of young adults. Participants were asked to complete online questionnaires; Social support was measured using the MSPSS scale while Wellbeing was measured using the WEMWBS scale. The sample for the current study contained (N = 107) young adults, with (N = 51) having had a breakup in the last three months and (N=56) of a non-breakup sample. Analysis of the results revealed there to be no significant difference in wellbeing between a breakup sample and a non-breakup sample of young adults (p =.420) ; however, social support was seen to be a significant factor in predicting wellbeing within both the breakup and the overall group of young adults, giving significant implications for future youth mental health studies. Future research may focus on a breakup sample of young adults closer to the time of the breakup, in order to understand if there is a difference in the wellbeing of young adults following a breakup.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Relationships
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Mr Kevin Loughran
Date Deposited: 24 May 2021 12:21
Last Modified: 24 May 2021 12:21
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4836

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