VALIDITY OF A SERBIAN TRANSLATION OF THE MEDICAL OUTCOMES STUDY SOCIAL SUPPORT SURVEY (MOS-SSS)

Authors

  • Veljko Jovanović Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
  • Vesna Gavrilov Jerković Department of Psychology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2015.3.245-264

Keywords:

social support, validity, confirmatory factor analysis, bifactor model

Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate construct and convergent validity of a Serbian translation of the MOS-SSS (The Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey: Sherbourne & Stewart, 1991). Construct validity of the scale was examined via confirmatory factor analysis in a sample of 604 undergraduate students (74% females; Mage = 20.6 years). Convergent validity was evaluated in a sample of 200 undergraduate students (52.5% females; Mage = 21.8 years), by examining correlations with two indicators of interpersonal functioning (perceived social support and loneliness) and three indicators of well-being (life satisfaction, depression, and general well-being). The results revealed that the structure of the MOS-SSS was best represented by a bifactor model, with four specific factors of social support (Emotional/Informational, Tangible, Affectionate, and Positive Social Interaction) and one general factor of social support. A bifactor modeling showed that the general factor explained the largest portion of total (44.3%) and common variance (69.6%) in social support, while the specific factors explained small portion of total (range from 3.7% to 7.0%) and common variance (range from 5.9% to 11%). Omega-hierarchical coefficients suggested that only the total score of the MOS-SSS could be reliably interpreted. Convergent validity of the MOS-SSS was supported by high correlation with perceived social support, and moderate correlations with loneliness and indicators of well-being. The findings of the present study support the use of the MOS-SSS as a reliable and valid instrument for the assessment of general social support among young adults.

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16.10.2015

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Jovanović, V., & Gavrilov Jerković, V. (2015). VALIDITY OF A SERBIAN TRANSLATION OF THE MEDICAL OUTCOMES STUDY SOCIAL SUPPORT SURVEY (MOS-SSS). Primenjena Psihologija, 8(3), 245–264. https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2015.3.245-264

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