Age-related differences in the structure and function of convoys of social support: A preliminary comparative analysis using developmentally disabled and non-disabled children
In normative research with children, age-related changes have been found in the structure and function of social support networks. Social support has also been found to contribute to well-being and achievement outcomes. Research with developmentally disabled adults has indicated social support's contribution to personal well-being, but age-related network characteristics and interrelationships of support to personal outcomes has not been explored in developmentally delayed children. In the present study, interviews were conducted with 66 developmentally delayed (educable mentally handicapped) and 72 nondelayed children in grades 4-5 and 8-9. The objectives of the study were (a) to explore differences in social network structure and function with respect to developmental status and (b) to determine whether the interrelations of support, well-being, and achievement are comparable across delayed versus nondelayed children. The results suggest that the structure and function of social support networks are similar irrespective of developmental status. Some variation emerged with regard to support from specific sources, in that delayed children perceived less support from their close family members. Furthermore, the relations of support to well-being and achievement differed to some extent by developmental status. These results will contribute to the growing theoretical framework indicating the importance of social factors within the disabled community.
Developmental psychology|Behaviorial sciences|Social psychology
Mora, Joseph John, "Age-related differences in the structure and function of convoys of social support: A preliminary comparative analysis using developmentally disabled and non-disabled children" (1996). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI9621574.