Psychometric testing of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support in patients with comorbid COPD and heart failure

Andrew Bugajski, Susan K. Frazier, Debra K. Moser, Terry A. Lennie, Misook Chung

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Abstract

Background: Chronic disease self-management is complex and multidimensional. Optimal performance of self-management behaviors requires support from patient's friends, family, and significant others. The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) is a 12-item questionnaire used to measure patient's social support from friends, family, and significant others. Objectives: To examine the psychometric properties of the MSPSS in patients with comorbid chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure (HF). Methods: Reliability, factorial validity, and construct validity of the MSPSS were examined using Cronbach's alpha, split-half reliability, factor analysis via principal components analysis and hypothesis testing via multivariate linear regression, respectively. Results: The MSPSS demonstrated excellent internal consistency with Cronbach's alpha consistently above 0.90. Factor analysis yielded a 3-factor solution, with items loading appropriately on the Friend, Family and Significant Other subscales. Conclusion: The MSPSS is a reliable, valid instrument to measure perceived social support in patients with comorbid COPD and HF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-197
Number of pages5
JournalHeart and Lung
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart failure
  • Perceived social support
  • Self-care: Psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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