Social Indicators Research

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 303–312 | Cite as

The psychometric properties of the SSL12-I, a short scale for measuring social support in the elderly

  • G. I. J. M. Kempen
  • L. M. Van Eijk
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Abstract

In this paper the psychometric properties of the SSL12-I, a short measure to assess the level of social support, are presented. The SSL12-I consists of 12 items, divided into three subscales with four items each: everyday support, social support in problem situations, and esteem support. The results show that a three-factor solution, as initially found in two pilot studies, is found again in an extensive community based elderly sample. The conclusion is that the psychometric properties of the SSL12-I are satisfactory, and that this relatively short instrument is especially useful when a rough indication of the amount of received social support is required.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. I. J. M. Kempen
    • 1
  • L. M. Van Eijk
    • 1
  1. 1.Northern Centre for Health CareUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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