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Table 1 Characteristics of existing social support instruments for use in education

From: Measuring supports from learning assistants that promote engagement in active learning: evaluating a novel social support instrument

Instrument Intended use with Primary social support types described Number items Factors separated by source or type of support Reference
Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale (CASSS; versions 1 & 2) Elementary, middle and high school students Appraisal
Emotional
Informational
Instrumental
V1: 40
V2: 60
V1: Source: Parent, Teachers, Classmates,
Friends
V2: Type
Malecki and Elliot 1999; Malecki and Demaray 2002
Student Social Support Scale Third through Eighth grade students Appraisal
Emotional
Informational
Instrumental
60 Source: Parent, Teachers, Classmates, Friends Nolten 1995
Social Support Scale for Children Third through Eighth grade students Emotional 24 Source: Parent, Teachers, Classmates, Friends Harter 1985
Classroom Life Measure   Emotional
Academic
  Source: Teacher, Peers Johnson et al. 1985
My Family & Friends, adapted Elementary School Teachers (reporting on students) Emotional
Informational
Instrumental
11 Type Reid et al. 1989
Survey of Children’s Social Support Third through fifth grade students Emotional
Informational
Instrumental
  Both Dubow and Ullman 1989
Instrumental and Socio-emotional mentoring Undergraduates conducting research Emotional
Instrumental
10 Type Robnett et al. 2019
Michigan Study of Adolescent Life Transitions—Teacher Support Scale Seventh through eleventh grade students Emotional
Instrumental
4 Source Eccles and Barber 1993