Psychometric evaluation of the korean social support questionnaire

Kasil Oh, Kyong Ok Oh, Sook Ja Lee, Jeong Ah Kim, Chu Ja Jeong, Hye Ryoung Kim, Hoa Yun Jun, Jung Hee Kang

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Purpose: Research related to social support in Korea has been hampered by paucity of measurement tools reflecting Korean culture. The aim of the study was to develop Korean social support questionnaire (KSSQ) based on the Korean social support pyramid and to test psychometric properties of the KSSQ. Methods: The questionnaire was administered to 701 subjects and 658 college students. Psychometric analyses included factor analyses, expert validity, criterion-related validity, internal consistency, and test-retest reliability. Results: A principal components analysis support for construct validity, eliciting a three factor solution accounting for 65.46% of variance in scores. Concurrent and discriminant validity supported criterion-related validity. Internal consistency of reliability was support with Cronbach's alpha of.97-.98 for the entire scale. Test-retest reliability was.76. Conclusion: This initial testing of KSSQ to measure Korean social support demonstrates evidence of reliability and validity. Assessment of known-group validity and norm establishment of KSSQ are suggested to provide further sound psychometric properties and practical measurement tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-890
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Instrument
  • Korean
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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