Social support: Clarifying the construct with applications for minority populations

E. J. Mutran, P. S. Reed, S. Sudha

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Social support is a popular construct, which has been defined in various ways by researchers over the last 30 years. This paper identifies the emerging acceptance of definitions and terms used to assess social ties. Several of the more widely accepted instruments are reviewed with attention paid to their psychometric properties. Though few of these instruments have been used with minority populations, the influence of social support on health among minority populations is noted. Through this review it appears that while researchers have placed much emphasis on the conceptualization and measurement of social support, there is little effort exerted to make these appropriate for use in minority populations. There is a need to comprehensively evaluate social support measures among minority groups to ensure equivalent conceptual clarity and ease of administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-78
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Mental Health and Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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