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5.8.8 – Social Support

Measure (Authors, Year) Generic vs Specific, Purpose Administration, Number of Items, Number of Domains Measurement Properties

Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SS)54

Specific to chronic disease


Self-reported questionnaire

19 items

5 domains

Reliability: High internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha ≥ 0.90) among people living with HIV.

Validity: Convergent and discriminant construct validity demonstrated among people living with HIV.

54Sherbourne CD, Stewart AL. The MOS social support survey. Soc Sci Med. 1991;32(6):705-14. PubMed PMID: 2035047.