This study examined the relationship among community college students’ perceptions of the social support received, its importance, and their academic persistence. Specifically, it examined whether the frequency and importance of the types of support and sources of support were correlated to the students being retained. Data analysis revealed that the more social supports perceived, the more likely students would be retained, although this relationships only approached significance at the .07 level. However, there were other statistically significant findings. Furthermore, in concurrence with the literature, perceived social support was found to buffer the negative effects of stress experienced by college students.
Zavatkay, Debra, "Social Support and Community College Student Academic Persistence" (2015). NERA Conference Proceedings 2015. 3.