Validation of the MOS Social Support Survey 6-item (MOS-SSS-6) measure with two large population-based samples of Australian women

Holden, Libby, Lee, Christina, Hockey, Richard, Ware, Robert S. and Dobson, Annette J. (2014) Validation of the MOS Social Support Survey 6-item (MOS-SSS-6) measure with two large population-based samples of Australian women. Quality of Life Research, 23 10: 2849-2853. doi:10.1007/s11136-014-0741-5


Author Holden, Libby
Lee, Christina
Hockey, Richard
Ware, Robert S.
Dobson, Annette J.
Title Validation of the MOS Social Support Survey 6-item (MOS-SSS-6) measure with two large population-based samples of Australian women
Journal name Quality of Life Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11136-014-0741-5
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 10
Start page 2849
End page 2853
Total pages 5
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract This study aimed to validate a 6-item 1-factor global measure of social support developed from the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS) for use in large epidemiological studies.
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This study aimed to validate a 6-item 1-factor global measure of social support developed from the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS) for use in large epidemiological studies.

Methods: Data were obtained from two large population-based samples of participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health. The two cohorts were aged 53-58 and 28-33 years at data collection (N = 10,616 and 8,977, respectively). Items selected for the 6-item 1-factor measure were derived from the factor structure obtained from unpublished work using an earlier wave of data from one of these cohorts. Descriptive statistics, including polychoric correlations, were used to describe the abbreviated scale. Cronbach's alpha was used to assess internal consistency and confirmatory factor analysis to assess scale validity. Concurrent validity was assessed using correlations between the new 6-item version and established 19-item version, and other concurrent variables.

Results: In both cohorts, the new 6-item 1-factor measure showed strong internal consistency and scale reliability. It had excellent goodness-of-fit indices, similar to those of the established 19-item measure. Both versions correlated similarly with concurrent measures.

Conclusion: The 6-item 1-factor MOS-SSS measures global functional social support with fewer items than the established 19-item measure.
Keyword Social support
Validation studies
Psychometrics
Women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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