Title page for ETD etd-04072004-180134

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Calix, Alexandra R
URN etd-04072004-180134
Title Is the Ecomap a Valid and Reliable Social Work Tool to Measure Social Support?
Degree Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
Department Social Work
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Daphne Cain Committee Chair
Catherine Lemieux Committee Member
Julie Schroeder Committee Member
Timothy Page Committee Member
  • clinical tool
  • person-in-environment
Date of Defense 2004-04-01
Availability unrestricted
The ecomap, developed in 1975, is a tool used in social work practice to measure social support (Hartman, 1995). Although the ecomap is widely utilized, due in part to its ease of administration, it has not been validated in the literature as a reliable and valid tool in the measure of social support. This study aims to quantify the ecomap, explore its psychometric soundness, and begin the process of validation using two empirically validated social support measurement tools, the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet, & Farley, 1988) and the Young Adult Social Support Inventory (YA-SSI) (McCubbin & Thompson, 1991). These efforts are expected to contribute to evidence-based practice in social work.

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