Assessing social support among South Asians: The multidimensional scale of perceived social support

Kareen Tonsing, Gregory D. Zimet, Samson Tse

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The psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) of the Urdu (MSPSS-U) and Nepali (MSPSS-N) versions were investigated among Pakistani (n= 148) and Nepalese (n= 153) respondents living in Hong Kong. The factor analysis of the MSPSS-N conducted in this study confirmed the three factors of the original MSPSS, namely, Family, Friend, and Significant Others, while only two factors were extracted from the MSPSS-U (i.e., the Family and Friends subscales). With regard to construct validity, both the MSPSS-U and MSPSS-N were inversely correlated with depression, anxiety and stress as assessed by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21). The internal reliability and construct validity of the MSPSS-U and MSPSS-N were also established and provided support for the validity of both versions as tools for measuring perceived social support among South Asian migrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012



  • Factor analysis
  • Nepali
  • Psychometric properties
  • Social support
  • Urdu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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