American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 133–144

The relationship between self-reported received and perceived social support: A meta-analytic review


    • Department of PsychologyWayne State University
    • Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South Florida
  • Jay L. Cohen
    • Department of PsychologyWayne State University
  • Todd Lucas
    • Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in MedicineVA Ann Arbor Health Care System & University of Michigan
  • Boris B. Baltes
    • Department of PsychologyWayne State University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10464-007-9100-9

Cite this article as:
Haber, M.G., Cohen, J.L., Lucas, T. et al. Am J Community Psychol (2007) 39: 133. doi:10.1007/s10464-007-9100-9


Social support is broad term encompassing a variety of constructs, including support perceptions (perceived support) and receipt of supportive behaviors (received support). Of these constructs, only perceived support has been regarded as consistently linked to health, and researchers have offered differing assessments of the strength of the received-perceived support relationship. An overall estimate of the received-perceived support relationship would clearly further the dialogue on the relationship between received and perceived support and thus assist in the theoretical development of the field. This study evaluated all available studies using the Inventory of Socially Supportive Behaviors (ISSB; Barrera, Sandler, & Ramsey, 1981, American Journal of Community Psychology, 9, 435–447) and any measure of perceived social support. Using effect sizes from 23 studies, we found an average correlation of r = .35, p < .001. Implications of this estimate for further development of models of social support as well as interventions to enhance social support are discussed.


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