Short form of Sarason's Social Support Questionnaire: French adaptation and validation

Psychol Rep. 2005 Aug;97(1):195-202. doi: 10.2466/pr0.97.1.195-202.


The original short form of Sarason's Social Support Questionnaire measures two dimensions of social support, availability and satisfaction. The factorial structure of the social support was assessed in a French sample along with the association between the dimensions of social support and personality traits such as Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Depression. A 6-item French version was administered to 648 subjects: 348 university freshmen (228 females, 120 males) and 304 unemployed men. A principal component analysis followed by oblique rotations was undertaken on each sample. This yielded two factors, Availability and Satisfaction. These results sustained the stability of the factorial structure from one culture to another. Validity and reliability were satisfactory. Moreover, these two dimensions were correlated with two personality scales (high extraversion, low depression). Such results agree with previous results establishing relations between social support and salutogenic dimensions of personality.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • France
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Male
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Social Support*
  • Students / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Unemployment / psychology