Check out GSU Sociology Professor Mathew Gayman‘s recent research:
Gayman, Mathew,D., R. J. Turner, Andrew M. Cislo and A. H. Eliassen. 2011. “Early Adolescent Family Experiences and Perceived Social Support in Young Adulthood.” Journal of Early Adolescence 31(6): 880-908.
Using longitudinal survey data collected from teens in Miami-Dade (Florida) county schools, the study set out to answer two main questions:
1) Were early adolescent family experiences and conditions associated with perceived family and friend support in young adulthood?
2) Were the relationships between early adolescent family experiences and later perceived support independent of other early life course factors (e.g., depression, anxiety, and substance use) known to be associated with the development and maintenance of perceived support?
Curious to know what they found? Read the study. 🙂 Also, explore some of Professor Gayman’s previous and similarly-focused research:
Sachs-Ericsson, N., Gayman, M., et al. (2010). The long-term impact of childhood abuse on internalizing disorders among older adults: the moderating role of self-esteem. Aging & Mental Health, 14(4), 489-501.