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Education Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 130626, 10 pages
Research Article

Teacher Support as a Moderator of Behavioral Outcomes for Youth Exposed to Stressful Life Events

1University of Utah, USA
2Minnesota State University, USA

Received 21 March 2012; Revised 2 October 2012; Accepted 2 October 2012

Academic Editor: Eric Z. F. Liu

Copyright © 2012 Rebekah S. Huber et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study examined the relationship between teacher support, life stress, and behavioral outcomes in 103 youth. Participants completed questionnaires regarding life events, social support, personality, and behavior. Moderated regression analyses were conducted using youth perceptions of teacher support and negative life events to predict externalizing and internalizing problems. Results revealed a significant interaction between teacher support and life stress, indicating teacher support successfully moderated the effect of stress on externalizing problems. Main effects for life stress were consistent with previous literature suggesting that higher amounts of stress predict greater externalizing and internalizing problems. Implications for teacher support are discussed.