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Title: The validity of Gr-MSPSS in patients with heart failure
Authors: Chamboulidou, I. 
Lambrinou, Ekaterini 
Christoforou, N. 
Kalogirou, F. 
Protopapas, A. 
Christofi, P. 
Middleton, Nicos 
Keywords: Heart failure;Gr-MSPSS;Patients
Category: Clinical Medicine
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE
Source: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Volume 15, Pages S74-S74, 2016
Abstract: Introduction: Patients with heart failure (HF) have complex problems, including lack of social support (SS). Purpose of the study: The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Greek version of the scale, “Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support” (Gr-MSPSS). Also, authors investigated the levels of perceived SS and to explore potential clinical and demographic factors that affect the perceived SS in GreekCypriot population with HF. Method: It is a methodological descriptive study. The reliability and validity of the Greek version of MSPSS were tested. The reliability was examined through the stability of the test-retest and the internal consistency was tested by the coefficient Cronbach’s alpha. Construct validity was examined by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and exploratory factor analysis (EFA). Results: CFA of the Gr-MSPSS failed to extract the original construct of MSPSS. EFA identified a model with 2 factors: One factor is “Friends” and the other factor is “Family and Significant others”. The internal consistency reliability was examined by Cronbach’s alpha, which is found to be 0.87 and for the factors “Friends” and “Family and Significant Others”, 0.92 and 0.97, respectively. Testretest showed high correlation between the total score of the scale (r = 0.907, p <0.01). Patients with HF feel high levels of SS. The mean SS in the study population was estimated at 76.52 (SD 9.4) .Overall, men are found to perceive higher social support than women and retired participants less than workers. Finally, the SS appears to be significantly reduced in patients classified into NYHA IV compared to patients with NYHA I,II, III.Conclusions: The results of the reliability and validity tests showed satisfactory results of the psychometric properties of the Gr-MSPSS, providing a useful tool for the assessment of perceived SS of Greek speaking patients with HF.
ISSN: 10.1177/1474515116634263
DOI: 10.1177/1474515116634263
Rights: ©The European Society of Cardiology
Type: Article
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