Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health




ISSN: 1745-0179 ― Volume 15, 2019

Reliability and Validity of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS): Thai Version



Tinakon Wongpakaran1, *, Nahathai Wongpakaran1, Ruk Ruktrakul2
1 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, 110 Intawarorot Rd., Tambon Sriphoom, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand 50200
2 Lampang Hospital, 280/20 Paholyothin Rd., Tambon Huawiang, Amphur Muang, Lampang, Kingdom of Thailand 52000

Abstract

This study examines the Thai version of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) for its psychometric properties.

Methods:

In total 462 participants were recruited - 310 medical students from Chiang Mai University and 152 psychiatric patients, and they completed the Thai version of the MSPSS, the State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES) and the Thai Depression Inventory (TDI). Test-retest reliability was conducted over a four week period.

Results:

Factor analysis produced three-factor solutions for both patient (PG) and student groups (SG), and overall the model demonstrated adequate fit indices. The mean total score and the sub-scale score for the SG were statistically higher than those in the PG, except for ‘Significant Others’. The internal consistency of the scale was good, with a Cronbach’s alpha of 0.91 for the SG and 0.87 for the PG. After a four week retest for reliability exercise, the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) was found to be 0.84. The Thai-MSPSS was found to have a negative correlation with the STAI and the TDI, but was positively correlated with the RSES.

Conclusion:

The Thai MSPSS is a reliable and valid instrument to use.

Keywords: Social support, MSPSS, Reliability, Validity, Factor analysis, Confirmatory Factor analysis, Thai.


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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2011
Volume: 7
First Page: 161
Last Page: 166
Publisher Id: CPEMH-7-161
DOI: 10.2174/1745017901107010161

Article History:

Received Date: 21/1/2011
Revision Received Date: 31/8/2011
Acceptance Date: 31/8/2011
Electronic publication date: 26/10/2011
Collection year: 2011

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, 110 Intawarorot Rd., Tambon Sriphoom, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Kingdom of Thailand 50200, Tel: +6653945422, Fax: +6653945426, E-mail: tchanob@med.cmu.ac.th


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