Multi-dimensional

Scale: Social Support and Rejection Scale

What it measures:

  • A youth’s reported positive and negative interactions with significant non-parental adults.

Intended age range: 10- to 18-year-olds.

Brief description: The scale consists of 22 items assessing four dimensions of social support and social rejection that youth may experience in relationships with important non-parental adults: feels valued (6 items, e.g., “This person cares about me even when I make mistakes.”); trust (5 items, e.g., “I talk to this person about problems with my friends.”); mentoring (6 items, e.g., “I learn how to do things by watching and listening to this person.”); and negativity (6 items, e.g., “I feel that this person will let me down.”). Response options are Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often, or Always.

Rationale: This measure was chosen based on its comprehensive assessment of mentoring relationship quality, evidence of reliability and validity, and support for use with diverse populations of youth and types of relationships.

Cautions: None.

Special administration information: References to “this person” can be replaced by a specific individual (e.g., “my mentor”).

How to score: Each item is scored from 1 (Never) to 5 (Always). Each subscale score is the average of the items that make up the subscale.

How to interpret findings: Higher scores on the 3 positive scales reflect higher levels of support within the relationship. Higher scores on the negativity scale reflect higher levels of stress and negativity within the relationship.

Access and permissions: The scale is available for non-commercial use with no charge and is made available here.

Alternatives: None recommended.


Citation: Roffman, J. G., Pagano, M. E., & Hirsch, B. J. (2000). Social support and rejection scale. Evanston, IL: Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University.

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