Identifier

etd-04242012-162525

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Human Ecology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The present research study seeks to improve upon prior research on child social supports by using an already existing eco-map protocol to inform two interviews on child social supports. This study will help further develop an assessment for understanding child social supports and social networks. This project examines the similarities and differences between child reports of social support using: a) child interview-only protocol and b) interview-with-pictures protocol. The two main research questions include: 1) Do children report the same number of social supports using the child interview-only protocol as the interview-with-pictures protocol? and 2) Do children report the same kind of social supports (same names, same types, and same aspects of development) using the child interview-only protocol vs. the interview-with-pictures protocol? Five randomly selected 4-5 year old children participated in both interviews. The number of social supports reported using the child interview-only protocol and the interview-with-pictures protocol were counted and compared to determine if a different number of social supports were reported between interview measures. The kinds of social supports reported using the child interview-only protocol and the interview-with-pictures protocol were compared in order to determine if children reported different social supports, types of social supports, and aspects of development supported by social supports. Results indicated that children’s responses in the interview-with-pictures protocol were richer than responses in the interview-only protocol. An implication for future research includes further development of the eco-map protocol used with young children.

Date

2012

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Baumgartner, Jennifer

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Human Ecology Commons

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