Personal Assertiveness and the Effects of Social Support Among College Students Academic Article uri icon


  • Although research has established that socially supportive relationships are important factors in psychological adjustment under stress, social support research has not examined the interaction between interpersonal variables and social support. Personal assertiveness in particular is one interpersonal variable that theoretically could enhance the beneficial aspects of social support. Data collected from two independent samples of college students in an urban setting provide evidence that personal assertiveness significantly augments specific types of social relationships to predict psychological symptoms under stressful conditions.

author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, T. R., & Gramling, S. E.

citation count

  • 47

publication date

  • October 1990