Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Mary J. Levitt

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Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

William Kurtines

Third Advisor's Name

Nathalie Guacci-Franco

Date of Defense



This study explored social network characteristics and sources of support for immigrant and nonimmigrant preadolescents. The relation between social support and psychological well-being for these children was also addressed. Participants were 782 preadolescents, including 172 immigrants, of diverse income and backgrounds. Students completed the social convoy mapping procedure, answered social support questions, and completed the short form version of the Children's Depression Inventory, the Loneliness Scale, and Self Perception Profile. Immigrant children perceived significantly less total support and close family support than did nonimmigrants. Immigrant children's levels of well-being were significantly lower. Close Family Support was an individual predictor of depressed affect. Extended Family Support and Friend Support were predictors of loneliness; with extended family support having a stronger relationship for immigrant children. Close Family Support and Friend Support were predictors of Self-Concept. In sum, the findings highlight the importance of family support on the well- being of preadolescents.




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