Perceived Social Support and Clinical Symptomatology in Italian University Students

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Giulia Savarese
Nadia Pecoraro
Oreste Fasano
Monica Mollo
Antonio Iannaccone
Federico Manzi
Luigi Curcio


Social support can influence the perceptions of individual and social well-being for university students. We sought to verify whether the perceptions of social support correlate with the manifestation of clinical symptoms in young university students. A total of 26 participants, 58% female and 42% male, between the ages of 19 and 27 were included. The following tests were administered: SCL-90-R – scale for the self-evaluation of general psychopathology and MSPSS – self-assessment scale for the perception of social support. The students who perceived low levels of social support had high levels of clinical symptomatology (especially for internalised disorders). The index for a high intensity of symptoms Positive Symptom Total is correlated with a low level of perceived social support.

Keywords: Clinical symptomatology, perceived social support, university students.


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Savarese, G., Pecoraro, N., Fasano, O., Mollo, M., Iannaccone, A., Manzi, F., & Curcio, L. (2019). Perceived Social Support and Clinical Symptomatology in Italian University Students. Global Journal of Guidance and Counseling in Schools: Current Perspectives, 9(3), 90-94.
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