PERCEIVED SOCIAL SUPPORT INFLUENCE ON PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING DIMENSIONS OF NON-INDIGENE FIRST YEAR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN A NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY

Chibuzor Uchenna ONUOHA, Aderonke Adebola AKINTOLA

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  Positive psychology research suggests that social support is related to healthy psychological functioning of individuals. This study examined the direct influence of perceived social support on psychological well-being dimensions among a sample of undergraduate students in Nigeria. The research was designed as a cross-sectional ex post facto study. Participants included 142 male and 162 female non-indigene first year undergraduate students in a state-owned semi-rural university. Their mean age is 19.68 (S.D = 2.35). A self-report structured questionnaire with revalidated scales were administered on study participants. Results showed significant main effect of perceived social support on psychological well-being {F (6, 295) = 6.28, p = .000; Wilks’ ˄ = 0.78, partial ƞ2 = .113}. Result for independent influence showed that more favorable perception of social support predicted autonomy, positive relations and self-acceptance. It is recommended that access to more social support sources be improved for non-indigene first year students as this enhanced their psychological well-being

 

 


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Perceived social support, psychological well-being, non-indigene students, Nigeria

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