Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Youseung Kim, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Corrine Warrener, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Eyitayo Onifade, Ph.D.


This study examines whether interpersonal relationships serve as a moderating factor in reducing post-graduate stress. A researcher developed survey was used to gather data and examined three areas: interpersonal support, perceived stress, and self-optimism. Interpersonal support encompassed familial and peer relationships. Perceived stress encompassed anxiety and depression symptomologies. Self-confidence encompassed graduates’ individuation and optimism levels regarding major life tasks after commencement. Perceived stress and self-confidence levels were also used to identify how interpersonal relationships impacted graduates’ interpretation of stress. Further analysis of the study also examined whether interpersonal support impacted perceived stress and self-confidence across various racial groups. Findings of the study suggest that interpersonal support has an impact on post-graduate stress.