Validation of Interpersonal Support Evaluation List-12 (ISEL-12) scores among English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study

Erin L. Merz, Scott C. Roesch, Vanessa L. Malcarne, Frank J. Penedo, Maria Llabre, Orit B. Weitzman, Elena L. Navas-Nacher, Krista M. Perreira, Franklyn Gonzalez, Liliana A. Ponguta, Timothy P. Johnson, Linda C. Gallo

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The Interpersonal Support Evaluation List-12 (ISEL-12; Cohen, Mermelstein, Kamarck, & Hoberman, 1985) is broadly employed as a short-form measure of the traditional ISEL, which measures functional (i.e., perceived) social support. The ISEL-12 can be scored by summing the items to create an overall social support score; three subscale scores representing appraisal, belonging, and tangible social support have also been proposed. Despite extensive use, studies of the psychometric properties of ISEL-12 scores have been limited, particularly among Hispanics/Latinos, the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. The current study investigated the reliability and structural and convergent validity of ISEL-12 scores using data from 5,313 Hispanics/Latinos who participated in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. Participants completed measures in English or Spanish and identified their ancestry as Dominican, Central American, Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, or South American. Cronbach's alphas suggested adequate internal consistency for the total score for all languages and ancestry groups; coefficients for the subscale scores were not acceptable. Confirmatory factor analyses revealed that the one-factor and three-factor models fit the data equally well. Results from multigroup confirmatory factor analyses supported a similar one-factor structure with equivalent response patterns and variances between language groups and ancestry groups. Convergent validity analyses suggested that the total social support score related to scores of social network integration, life engagement, perceived stress, and negative affect (depression, anxiety) in the expected directions. The total score of the ISEL-12 can be recommended for use among Hispanics/Latinos.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-394
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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Statistical Factor Analysis
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Psychometrics
Anxiety
Depression
Health

Keywords

  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Health
  • Hispanics/Latinos
  • ISEL
  • Mental health
  • Psychometrics
  • Social support

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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Validation of Interpersonal Support Evaluation List-12 (ISEL-12) scores among English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study. / Merz, Erin L.; Roesch, Scott C.; Malcarne, Vanessa L.; Penedo, Frank J.; Llabre, Maria; Weitzman, Orit B.; Navas-Nacher, Elena L.; Perreira, Krista M.; Gonzalez, Franklyn; Ponguta, Liliana A.; Johnson, Timothy P.; Gallo, Linda C.

In: Psychological Assessment, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.01.2014, p. 384-394.

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Merz, EL, Roesch, SC, Malcarne, VL, Penedo, FJ, Llabre, M, Weitzman, OB, Navas-Nacher, EL, Perreira, KM, Gonzalez, F, Ponguta, LA, Johnson, TP & Gallo, LC 2014, 'Validation of Interpersonal Support Evaluation List-12 (ISEL-12) scores among English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study', Psychological Assessment, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 384-394. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0035248
Merz, Erin L. ; Roesch, Scott C. ; Malcarne, Vanessa L. ; Penedo, Frank J. ; Llabre, Maria ; Weitzman, Orit B. ; Navas-Nacher, Elena L. ; Perreira, Krista M. ; Gonzalez, Franklyn ; Ponguta, Liliana A. ; Johnson, Timothy P. ; Gallo, Linda C. / Validation of Interpersonal Support Evaluation List-12 (ISEL-12) scores among English- and Spanish-speaking Hispanics/Latinos from the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study. In: Psychological Assessment. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 2. pp. 384-394.
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