The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support: A confirmation study

Nancy W. Dahlem, Gregory D. Zimet, Robin R. Walker

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This study examined the psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS; Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet, & Farley, 1988) with a diverse group of 154 students at an urban college. The following areas were investigated: internal reliability, factorial validity, social desirability bias, and the moderating effect of social support between stressful life events and depression (i.e., the buffering hypothesis). The MSPSS had good internal reliability, and the factor analysis confirmed the subscale structure of the measure: family, friends, and significant other. There was no indication that social desirability bias influenced subjects' responses. Finally, social support was related to depression only for those subjects who were experiencing high levels of life stress, which lends support for the buffering hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)756-761
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1991


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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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