Relationship between Social Support, Self Esteem and Psychological Wellbeing among Adolescents

Author: Sumaira Kausar

Supervisor: Ms. Humaira Naz

Degree: BS

Year:  2007-2011

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study examined the relationships between Social support, Self-efficacy and Psychological Well-being among adolescents of Data Gunj Baksh, town, Lahore. Purposive sampling was employed to included sample of 420 (Boys=210, Girls=210) with an age range of 13-19 years studying in different government and pinnate schools. Upper, middle, and lower socio-economic areas were represented. Participants completed the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS), Self- Efficacy Questionnaire for Children (SEQ-C) and the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire (OHQ) measuring Psychological wellbeing. Results showed positive correlation of perceived social support and self- efficacy with psychological well-being. Furthermore, Multiple Regression Analysis showed family support, friend support, and emotional self-efficacy was strong predictors of psychological well-being. More precisely, family support and friends support were stronger predictors of psychological wellbeing among male adolescents. While among female adolescents friends support and emotional self-efficacy were found out to be stronger predictors of psychological well-being. Overall, findings highlighted the significance of Social support and Self efficacy for the adolescents along with perception of Psychological Well-being. Present study will be helpful to counselors, psychologists and family in facilitating the adolescents’ emotional, social and academic functioning. Furthermore, adolescents can be counseled to learn more adaptive coping mechanisms so as to achieve an optimal state of psychological well-being.

Keywords: : Social Support, Psychological Wellbeing, Adolescents, Self-Efficacy.

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