Title page for ETD etd-04242012-162525

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hebert, Leah Kathrine
Author's Email Address leahkhebert@gmail.com
URN etd-04242012-162525
Title Investigating Childrenís Social Support Systems: Comparison of Interviews and Interviews with Pictures
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Baumgartner, Jennifer Committee Chair
DiCarlo, Cynthia Committee Member
Marks, Loren Committee Member
  • Children
  • Child Development
  • Preschool Children
  • Social Supports
Date of Defense 2012-04-04
Availability unrestricted
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 childrenís 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.
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