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ERIC Number: EJ865787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1367-6261
The Student Perception of University Support and Structure Scale: Development and Validation
Wintre, Maxine G.; Gates, Shawn K. E.; Pancer, W. Mark; Pratt, Michael S.; Polivy, Janet; Birnie-Lefcovitch, S.; Adams, Gerald
Journal of Youth Studies, v12 n3 p289-306 Jun 2009
A new scale, the Student Perception of University Support and Structure Scale (SPUSS), was developed for research on the transition to university. The scale was based on concepts derived from Baumrind's (1971) theory of parenting styles. Data were obtained from two separate cohorts of freshmen (n=759 and 397) attending six Canadian universities of varying sizes. The scale demonstrated excellent psychometric properties with Cronbach alphas of 0.87 and 0.89 for internal validity (0.84-0.90 and 0.85-0.91 across universities) and alphas of 0.86 and 0.88 for split-half reliability (0.80-0.94 and 0.86-0.89 across universities). Component analyses supported the use of a full-scale score. SPUSS scores were correlated with the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire, supporting the predictive validity of the scale. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire