Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS)

The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet et al., 1988) is a 12-item measure of perceived adequacy of social support from three sources: family, friends, & significant other; using a 5-point Likert scale (0 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree).

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The MSPSS was translated to Spanish by the SETA study (University of Miami Protocol # 2000255) team, Principle Investigator, Dr. Daniel Feaster.  The translation process consisted of 3 steps:  translation, back translation, and comparison/reconciliation by a third party in consultation with other native speakers as needed.

The English and Spanish versions of the measure that appear on this site differ from the original in that a 13th question was added asking the respondent their relationship to “the special person” referred to as a source of support in four of the scale items.

The authors’ English version of the scale also appears on this site with scoring information.


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