Development and Initial Validation of a Spiritual Support Subscale for the MOS Social Support Survey
Published Date:Dec 2015
Source:J Relig Health. 54(6):2355-2366.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4537396
Funding:HHSN261201000034C/PHS HHS/United States
U58DP003862-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
HHSN261201000035/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
P20 MD000544/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
HHSN261201000034/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
U58 DP003862/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
HHSN261201000140C/PHS HHS/United States
HHSN261201000140/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States
5 P20 MD000544-02/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
Description:While spirituality and religious practices are important in coping with illness or other crises, there are few ways of assessing support that people receive from members of their spiritual communities. The goal of this study was to validate a new spiritual support subscale for the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Scale (MOS-SSS). Questions for the subscale were formed based on responses of 135 breast cancer survivors who were interviewed about their cancer experience. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in four specific factors for the MOS-SSS: emotional/informational, tangible, affectionate, and spiritual support. The new spiritual support subscale has adequate reliability and validity and may be useful in assessing an area of support that is not always addressed.
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