Scale of Perceived Social Support-Family

1 There is a special personwho is around when Iam in need.
2 There is a special personwith whom I can share my joys and sorrows.
3 I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me.
4 There is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings..
  • Social Support
  • Family
This instrument can be found on page 88-89 of Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook‚ available online at:
Reliability: Alpha coefficients of both subscales and the total scale have been found to be in the .78 to .92 range.
Point values are assigned as follows:
1= Rarely or Never
2= A Little Bit
3= Sometimes
4= A Good Part of the Time
5=  Always

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 (3)‚ 391- 403.