Science Journal of Psychology

January 2014, Volume 2014, ISSN:2276-6278

Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Impact of Perceived Social Support on Psychological Well-being of Teenagers

Sumaya Batool1,Dr. Alay Ahmad 2

1PhD Fellow,Faculty of Psychology,Preston University,Islamabad Campus,Pakistan Lecturer,
Department of Psychology,University of Sargodha Pakistan
2Professor, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Preston University, Peshawar, Pakistan

Accepted 20 May, 2013; Available Online 1 January, 2014

doi: 10.7237/sjpsych/267


Present study intends to investigate the impact of perceived social support on psychological well-being among teenagers. It was also aimed to compare levels of perceived social support and psychological well-being among teenagers with one parent alive and with both parents alive. Urdu translated versions of Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) and Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS) were used in the study. The sample of the study consisted of (N = 212) teenagers of age range of 13 to 19 years (M = 16.42, SD = 1.76) with equal number of teenagers with both parents alive (n = 106) and teenagers with one parent alive (n = 106). Sample was collected from different cities of Pakistan. The study concluded that perceived social support is a significant predictor of psychological well-being among teenagers. Results have also revealed that teenagers with one parent alive have lower levels of perceived social support and psychological well-being than teenagers with both parents alive. This study will have significant implications in teenage and family counseling. It will open new horizons for the researchers interested to study diverse familial issues.

Keyword:Perceived social support, psychological well-being, teenagers, parental deathe