Psychometrics evaluation of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) in people with chronic disease

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Purpose:This study aimed to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) in patients with chronic diseases. Methods:Patients (n = 236) with chronic diseases completed the MSPSS and the36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36). MSPSS factorial structure was analysed using Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA), and internal consistency reliability was evaluated with Cronbach’s alpha, the factor score determinacy coefficient, and the model-based internal consistency index. Concurrent validity was performed correlating the MSPSS scores with the SF-36 scores. Results:CFA supported the three-factor structure of the MSPSS (CFI = 0.97; RMSEA= 0.058). Cronbach’s alpha, the factor score determinacy coefficient, and the model-based internal consistency index were ³0.89. Concurrent validity was supportive with significant correlations between the MSPSS and SF-36 scores. Conclusions:The MSPSS has supportive validity and reliability and can be used to evaluate perceived social support that is received by chronic patients. 

 

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Maddalena De Maria - Università di Roma Tor Vergata http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0507-0158

Ercole Vellone - Università di Roma Tor Vergata http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4673-7473

Angela Durante - Università di Roma Tor Vergata

Valentina Biagioli - Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8713-2051

Maria Matarese - Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma http://orcid.org/0000-0002-7923-914X

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De Maria, M., Vellone, E., Durante, A., Biagioli, V., & Matarese, M. (2018). Psychometrics evaluation of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) in people with chronic disease. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 54(4), 308-315. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/705
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