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Psychometric testing of the social support survey on a Taiwanese sample.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17133148     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: The Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SS) is a multidimensional, self-administered instrument used to assess various functional dimensions of social support. Less is known regarding its value for a Chinese population. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the MOS-SS on an adult sample in Taiwan. METHODS: A total of 265 adult family caregivers of patients with cancer from four different hospitals in the north, middle, and south regions of Taiwan completed the MOS-SS. RESULTS: In the original five-factor model, unsatisfactory item discriminant validity was found in almost half of the items; the item-own subscale correlation was lower than the item-other subscale correlation. A two-factor model accounting for 68.98% of the variance was found using exploratory factor analysis. The first factor (emotional support) accounted for 62.28% of the total variance, whereas the second factor (tangible support) accounted for 6.7%; the interfactor correlation was .71. The two-factor model seemed to have satisfactory reliability and validity and better discrimination between different subscales than did the original five-factor model. DISCUSSION: Good reliability and validity were demonstrated in the MOS-SS when applied to an adult sample in Taiwan. A two-factor model, instead of a five-factor model as found in the Western countries, was found for this sample. Confirmation of the two-factor model and exploration of the two-factor model in related concepts are suggested for future studies.
Authors:
Yea-Ing Lotus Shyu; Woung-Ru Tang; Jersey Liang; Li-Jen Weng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing research     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0029-6562     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Res     Publication Date:    2006 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-29     Completed Date:  2007-01-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376404     Medline TA:  Nurs Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
Affiliation:
School of Nursing, Center for Gerontological Research, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Caregivers / psychology
China / ethnology
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Female
Health Surveys*
Humans
Male
Neoplasms
Psychometrics
Questionnaires*
Reproducibility of Results
Social Support*
Taiwan

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