A social support measure: PRQ85

Nurs Res. 1987 Sep-Oct;36(5):273-7.


The Personal Resource Questionnaire (PRQ) was developed in 1981 to measure situational and perceived social support. This article presents the history of its development and the latest psychometric evaluation of the tool. Nurturance subscale items were rewritten to reflect a broader context of behaviors toward persons of any age. Content validity was further established by correlations between the PRQ and two mental health measures. Factor analysis indicated that a three-factor structure for the perceived social support scale may be more appropriate than the hypothesized five-subscale structure.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Psychometrics
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support*
  • Sociometric Techniques
  • Surveys and Questionnaires