Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support

Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (Zimet‚ Dahlem‚ Zimet & Farley‚ 1988)
Instructions: We are interested in how you feel about the following statements. Read each statement carefully.   Indicate how you feel about each statement.
                                     Circle the “1” if you Very Strongly Disagree
                                    Circle the “2” if you Strongly Disagree
                                    Circle the “3” if you Mildly Disagree
                                    Circle the “4” if you are Neutral
                                    Circle the “5” if you Mildly Agree
                                    Circle the “6” if you Strongly Agree
                                    Circle the “7” if you Very Strongly Agree
 1.
There is a special person who is around when I am in need.
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2
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5
6
7
SO
 2.
There is a special person with whom I can share my joys and sorrows.
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2
3
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6
7
SO
 3.
My family really tries to help me.
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2
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7
Fam
 4.
I get the emotional help and support I need from my family.
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7
Fam
 5.
I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me.
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2
3
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5
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7
SO
 6.
My friends really try to help me.
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7
Fri
 7.
I can count on my friends when things go wrong.
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Fri
 8.
I can talk about my problems with my family.
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7
Fam
 9.
I have friends with whom I can share my joys and sorrows.
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2
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7
Fri
10.
There is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings.
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2
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7
SO
11.
My family is willing to help me make decisions.
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7
Fam
12.
I can talk about my problems with my friends.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
Fri
The items tended to divide into factor groups relating to the source of the social support‚ namely family (Fam)‚ friends (Fri) or significant other (SO).
References
 

Canty-Mitchell‚ J. & Zimet‚ G.D. (2000). Psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support in urban adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology‚ 28‚ 391-400.

Zimet‚ G.D.‚ Dahlem‚ N.W.‚ Zimet‚ S.G. & Farley‚ G.K. (1988). The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Journal of Personality Assessment‚ 52‚ 30-41.

Zimet‚ G.D.‚ Powell‚ S.S.‚ Farley‚ G.K.‚ Werkman‚ S. & Berkoff‚ K.A. (1990). Psychometric ch‎aracteristics of the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Journal of Personality Assessment‚ 55‚ 610-17.

Ronald Okada
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Health
York University
Toronto‚ Ontario
Canada M3J 1P