Perceived social support networks and prosocial outcomes among Latino youth

  • Maria Rosario T. de Guzman University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Eunju Jung University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Anh Do University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Abstract

This study examines the perceived sources and types of social support among Latino adolescents in the US, and links between social support and prosocial tendencies. Latino adolescents (n=126) participated in the study. Respondents of higher generational status reported broader social support networks and a higher amount of overall social support compared to peers of lower generational status. Youth perceived the highest amount of social support from immediate family, followed by extended family, and lastly from non-kin individuals.  Path analysis indicated that overall social support was directly and positively associated with altruistic prosocial tendencies, and directly and negatively associated with public prosocial tendencies.  Social support was indirectly related to altruistic, public, dire and emotional prosocial tendencies variably mediated by empathy, perspective taking and self-efficacy.

Author Biographies

Maria Rosario T. de Guzman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Associate Professor

Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies

Eunju Jung, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Deprtment of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Anh Do, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Deprtment of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Published
2013-04-05
How to Cite
de Guzman, M. R. T., Jung, E., & Do, A. (2013). Perceived social support networks and prosocial outcomes among Latino youth. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 46(3). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v46i3.303