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ERIC Number: EJ858001
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Support for Alzheimer's Caregivers: Psychometric Evaluation of Familial and Friend Support Measures
Wilks, Scott E.
Research on Social Work Practice, v19 n6 p722-729 2009
Objective: Information on the shortened, 20-item version of the Perceived Social Support Scale (S-PSSS) is scarce. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the psychometric properties of the S-PSSS Family (SSfa) and Friends (SSfr) subscales. Method: Because of their common coping method of social support, a cross-sectional sample of Alzheimer's caregivers was relevant for this evaluation. Self-reported data were collected from 229 participants at two caregiver conferences. Results: Factor analysis on each measure indicated a three-factor solution with all items loaded. Reliability was satisfactory. Correlational analyses and odds ratios indicated preliminary construct validity for SSfa and SSfr. Conclusion: The S-PSSS subscales appear to be psychometrically appropriate for potential use in appraising family and friend support among Alzheimer's caregivers. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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