Interpersonal relationships in the family are important to individuals, especially college students. A subgroup within the larger population of college students that calls for further examination is ethnic minority college student-athletes. The present study involved examining ethnic minority college student-athletes’ perceptions of social support they receive from their family as they attend a Predominantly White Institution (PWI). Findings indicated that student- athletes perceived various types of social support that they found beneficial to them both as student-athletes in general and as minority student-athletes in particular. Types of social support included emotional support, informational support, tangible assistance support, task appreciation support, and esteem support. Participants also offered advice to families for providing social support to student-athletes while in college. Practical applications of the findings, along with directions for future research are also discussed.
"Social Support and Minority Student-Athletes,"
Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics: Vol. 3, Article 13.
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