Graduation Year

2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Psychology

Reader 1

Kevin Carlson

Reader 2

Jennifer Groscup

Rights Information

© 2015 Isabel G. Wozencroft

Abstract

Based on previous research, there is reason to believe that both a person’s gender and whether or not they have a physical disability both have the ability to moderate one’s perceived social support levels in the workplace. This study proposes to explore how a person's gender, and whether or not they have a physical disability, affects their rating of overall perceived social support, as well as different types of perceived social support, on their best and worst social relationships in the workplace .The study will be conducted through a Survey Monkey Survey which firstly asks the participant to answer questions based on a 20 item Likert scale, which is based on modified items of the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL). This is followed by questions about the participant's gender and whether or not they identify as having a physical disability, in order to reduce order effects. A two way, between groups ANOVA test will be run in order to see the interactions between gender and ability status, in regards to overall perceived social support and different types of perceived social support. It is hypothesized that in general, physically disabled individuals will perceive themselves as receiving less social support from their their social relationships, and able bodied individuals will perceive themselves as receiving the most social support from their social relationships. Gender, however, will moderate which type of perceived social support is experienced the most and the least by the participant.

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