The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) is a 12-item measure designed to assess perceptions of social support adequacy from three specific sources: family, friends and significant other.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
Very Strongly Disagree - 1
Strongly Disagree - 2
Disagree - 3
Neither Agree nor Disagree - 4
Agree - 5
Strongly Agree - 6
Very Strongly Agree - 7
The mean score is calculated for the total measure and for each of the 3 sub-scales (family, friends and significant other).
Zimet, G. D., Dahlem, N. W., Zimet, S. G., & Farley, G. K. (1988). The multidimensional scale of perceived social support. Journal of personality assessment, 52(1), 30-41.
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