Social support in the general population: Standardization of the Oslo social support scale (OSSS-3)

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Background: The objectives of the study were to generate normative data for the Oslo Social Support Scale (OSSS-3) for different age groups for men and women and to further investigate the factor structure in the general population. Methods: Nationally representative face-to face household surveys were conducted in Germany in 2008 (n = 2524). Results: Normative data for the Oslo Social Support Scale were generated for men and women (52.3% female) and different age levels (mean age (SD) of 48.9 (18.3) years). Men had mean scores comparable to women (10.1 [SD = 2.3] vs. 10.2 [SD = 2.2]). The EFA resulted in a clear one-factor solution for the OSSS-3. Conclusions: The normative data provide a framework for the interpretation and comparisons of social support with other populations.

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Kocalevent, R. D., Berg, L., Beutel, M. E., Hinz, A., Zenger, M., Härter, M., … Brähler, E. (2018). Social support in the general population: Standardization of the Oslo social support scale (OSSS-3). BMC Psychology, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-018-0249-9

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