Psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support in urban adolescents

Am J Community Psychol. 2000 Jun;28(3):391-400. doi: 10.1023/A:1005109522457.

Abstract

The psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) were investigated in 222 urban, largely African-American adolescents (68%). High internal consistency was demonstrated, and factor analysis confirmed the three subscale structures of the MSPSS: family, friends, and significant other. Correlations with a family caring scale supported the discriminant validity of the Family subscale. These results confirm the reliability, validity, and utility of the MSPSS with an urban, largely African-American adolescent sample. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • African Americans / psychology*
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology*
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Support*
  • Urban Population*