conducting bivariate correlations for a two-tailed test, n must be at least 61. Therefore, only
categories in which the n used to calculate the correlation was greater than or equal to 61 were
included in the following analyses.
2a. Does the association between social support and life purpose in graduate students
vary when compared by sex?: Two bivariate correlations were calculated to assess research
question 2a, one based on data collected from male participants and another based on data
collected from female participants (Table 4-2). These correlations were then compared to
determine whether the difference between them was significant. The bivariate correlation results
indicate that there is a significant (p = .000), positive association between social support and life
purpose for both male and female graduate students. A comparison of these correlations
revealed that, while the correlation associated with males is slightly smaller than the correlation
associated with females, the difference between the correlations is not significant (p = 0.61, a =
.05).
2b. Does the association between social support and life purpose in graduate students
vary when compared by age?: Four bivariate correlations were calculated to assess research
question 2b, one based on data collected from participants between the ages of 21 and 25, one
based on data collected from participants between the ages of 26 and 30, one based on data
collected from participants between the ages of 31 and 35, and one based on data collected from
participants over the age of 35 (Table 4-2). The data from the age ranges of 36-40, 41-45, 46-
50, 51-55, 56-60, Over 60 were combined to form the category "Over 35" due to the fact that
each of the age ranges over the age of 35 consisted of data from relatively few participants (n <
61). These correlations were then compared to determine whether the differences among them
were significant. The bivariate correlation results indicate that there is a significant (p = .000),