The effect of social support on resilient behaviour

Miller, Jack (2017) The effect of social support on resilient behaviour. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Objective: This investigation explored the exploring the predictive capabilities of resilient psychometric measures on resilient behaviour. Additionally exploring the influence of social support on resilient behaviour.
Methods: Thirty one undergraduate University of Chichester Students (20.9 ±1.3 years) volunteered for this study. All participants performed the Cold water pressor test within two support conditions. Support condition one consisted of an elevated support, nurturing and caring environment and experimenter and participant relationship. Condition two consisted of a non-supportive environment, incorporating a lack of verbal and visual support, minimal contact and no provision of support was provided. During each trial, Heart rate variability measures were taken as an indicator of physiological response and immediately post testing all participants completed the Perceived Social Support questionnaire
Results: The current study results indicated that psychometric measures of resilience did not predict resilient behaviour. Analysis resulted in no significant (p = .608) effect of social support on resilient behaviour. Results did reveal significance in that the provision of support is effective. Heart rate variability resulted in a generalised stress response. Heart rate (p =<0.005) and RR interval (p =<0.005) resulted in significance over time, LF/HF ratio increased during the support condition post immersion and decreases pre immersion and plateaus over immersion and recovery periods.
Discussion and conclusions: It is concluded that the current study found no predictive capability on resilient behaviour and social support had minimal effect on enhancing resilient behaviour within lab based stressors. Sample size and population were noted to limit this investigation. As resilience is a complex phenomenon formed from adverse challenging experiences, the understanding and assessment of such is crucial towards investigating the influence of external beneficial processes.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Adventure Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Resilience, resilient behaviour, psychometric measures social support, perceived support, Heart rate variability.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Adventure Education
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 10:46

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