Psychometric properties of the multidimensional scale of perceived social support in urban adolescents

Janie Canty-Mitchell, Gregory D. Zimet

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The psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) were investigated in 222 urban, largely AfricanAmerican 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-400
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000



  • Adolescents
  • African-American
  • Psychometric properties
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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