Perceived Social Support As a Predictor of Personal Growth Initiative in Adolescents


Adolescence is a potential period in preparing for better future results. At this time, adolescents also have potential for development that is able to repair decline, which is called Personal Growth Initiative, which will help a series of steps that continues to grow throughout their journey of life. However, the facts show that many adolescents experience psychological difficulties. Data proves that adolescents experience mental health problems and mental disorders. This data explains that they will tend to feel fall down, despair, don’t want to try, give up easily, engage in risky behavior, and have the desire to end their life which becomes real problems in their Personal Growth Initiative. It certainly affects and hinders adolescents from developing into better individuals. One of the factors that can influence individuals to change in a positive direction is Perceived Social Support. Using resources in Personal Growth Initiative can be the main aspect that can be accessed by individuals in utilizing social support that is felt by individuals (Perceived Social Support). The subjects of this study were 392 high school students aged 15–18 years, both boys and girls. The measuring tool used is a Likert scale for both variables. The sampling technique uses probability sampling with simple random sampling. The results of this study indicate that there is a significant positive (R2 = 0.120) effect between the variable Perceived Social Support (x) and Personal Growth Initiative variable (y), F = 17.714 (P 0.05). With the equation of the multiple linear regression line Y = 40.226 + 0.312*X1 + 0.107*X2 + 0.040*X3.

Keywords: adolescence, personal growth initiative, perceived social support, social support

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