Term of Award

Spring 1994

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Gary McClure

Committee Member 1

Richard Rogers

Committee Member 2

Janice Steirn

Abstract

This project focuses on the relationship between social support and anxiety and explores the hypothesis that social support serves as a buffer. Various stressors that are inherent to the military lifestyle are examined with an emphasis on the stressors of family separation during deployment. A questionnaire study was conducted to measure the relationship between social support and levels of anxiety for U.S. Navy sailors during deployment. It was predicted that an inverse relationship would exist between social support and anxiety. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Coping Resources Inventory were administered to 181 men aboard the U.S.S. Nicholson, and a correlational analysis revealed a significant inverse relationship between anxiety and social support as predicted.

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