Modification and validation of the multidimensional scale of perceived social support for Chinese school teachers

Sai Kin HO*, Edmund S. Chan

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Abstract

This study aims to investigate the psychometric properties of the revised multidimensional scale of perceived social support (R-MSPSS) for Chinese school teachers. A questionnaire comprising the R-MSPSS and other psychological measures was administered to a sample of 539 school teachers in Hong Kong. A series of confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to examine the construct validity of the Scale. The results indicated a moderate fit of the proposed model with improved fit after covariance of error terms were added. Convergent and discriminant validity of the Scale were assessed by associations with self-esteem and burnout symptoms. The results of most correlations were statistically significant and in predicted directions, which will provide a fertile ground in supporting the use of the R-MSPSS for measuring social support for Hong Kong teachers. Further modifications in differentiating those items for measuring perceived social support from school principal and colleagues are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1277824
JournalCogent Education
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • burnout
  • Chinese school teachers
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • conservation of resources model
  • multidimensional scale of perceived social support

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