Date of Award
College of Nursing
Adolescence is known to be a time of transition and special needs. A descriptive correlational study was conducted to examine the impact of hopefulness upon the relationship between perceived social support and general well-being in early and mid-adolescents in a convenience sample of 61 early adolescents and 54 mid-adolescents. The Hopefulness Scale for Adolescents, the Adolescent General Well-Being Questionnaire and the Personal Resource Questionnaire Part II were completed by the subjects of a rural, Midwest, high school health class.
The hypothesized and assumed positive relationships between the three variables of perceived social support, hopefulness, and general well-being were supported. Hopefulness was determined to be a mediator in the relationship between perceived social support and general well-being in early and mid-adolescents.
Further examination of the data indicated that a quarter to a third of the adolescents participated in health risk behaviors like smoking, drug abuse, and frequent thoughts of suicide.
Norman, Peggy S., "Social Support and Well-Being in Early and Mid-Adolescents: The Mediating Role of Hopefulness" (1997). Masters Theses. 440.