A study of the psychometric properties of the social support scale for children

Dorothy M. Lipski, Sarah K. Sifers, Yolanda Jackson

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The Social Support Scale for Children (SSSC; Harter, 1985a) is one of the most commonly used measures of perceived social support and positive regard from others in children and young adolescents. Research on the validity of the SSSC, however, is limited. The current study examined the test-retest reliability, internal validity intersubscale correlations, and convergent validity of the SSSC. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed using structural equation modeling. The participants included 279 youth between the ages of 6 to 15 from three metropolitan areas in the Midwest. The results supported the reliability and validity of the SSSC. The results supported the four factor solution reported by Harter (1985a). Rewording or removal of two items is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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