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Table 4 Factor structure and internal consistency of the MSPSS in the main and reference sample

From: The Swedish version of the multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) - a psychometric evaluation study in women with hirsutism and nursing students

   Women with hirsutism (n = 123) Nursing students (n = 154)
   Fam Fri So Unique-ness Fam Fri So Unique-ness
MSPSS Family (Fam)         
3 My family really tries to help me 0.833 0.185 0.361 0.142 0.891 0.134 0.261 0.121
4 I get the emotional help and support I need from my family 0.808 0.221 0.410 0.131 0.893 0.117 0.260 0.123
8 I can talk about my problems with my family 0.782 0.263 0.341 0.204 0.827 0.178 0.316 0.184
11 My family is willing to help me make decisions 0.894 0.230 0.129 0.132 0.768 0.193 0.302 0.281
MSPSS Friends (Fri)         
6 My friends really try to help me 0.226 0.856 0.278 0.139 0.218 0.814 0.328 0.182
7 I can count on my friends when things go wrong 0.169 0.905 0.208 0.109 0.103 0.899 0.208 0.137
9 I have friends with whom I can share my joys and sorrows 0.200 0.905 0.208 0.098 0.117 0.909 0.119 0.146
12 I can talk about my problems with my friends 0.219 0.868 0.227 0.147 0.137 0.919 0.133 0.120
MSPSS Significant others (So)         
1 There is a special person who is around when I am in need 0.299 0.201 0.872 0.111 0.376 0.181 0.815 0.162
2 There is a special person with whom I can share my joys and sorrows 0.295 0.229 0.864 0.115 0.381 0.161 0.767 0.241
5 I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me 0.390 0.245 0.857 0.120 0.314 0.266 0.792 0.204
10 There is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings 0.174 0.283 0.891 0.096 0.247 0.306 0.797 0.210
  Explained variance after rotation 0.269 0.297 0.307 0.873a 0.283 0.289 0.252 0.824a
  Internal consistency         
  Cronbach’s alpha 0.93 0.95 0.95 0.94 0.92 0.94 0.91 0.92
  Cronbach’s alpha, 95% CI 0.90–0.95 0.93–0.96 0.93–0.97 0.92–0.96 0.89–0.95 0.91–0.95 0.87-0.95 0.89–0.94
  Factor correlations         
  Family 1.000     1.000    
  Friends 0.590 1.000    0.830 1.000   
  Significant others 0.558 0.867 1.000   0.552 0.590 1.000  
  1. Uniqueness = 1-communality value.
  2. aTotal explained variance.