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Korean Journal of Family Medicine 2009;30(5):352-358.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4082/kjfm.2009.30.5.352    Published online May 10, 2009.
The Validity and Reliability of Korean Version of Lubben Social Network Scale.
Kyung Woo Lee, Soo Young Kim, Woobin Chung, Gyo Soon Hwang, Ye Won Hwang, In Hong Hwang
Department of Family Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hallymfm@gmail.com
한국어판 Lubben Social Network Scale 설문지 개발
이경우, 김수영, 정우빈, 황교순, 황예원, 황인홍
한림대학교 의과대학 강동성심병원 가정의학교실
Over the past decade, considerable evidence has been accumulated showing that social networks infl uence health. However few valid and reliable instruments exist for assessing social networks among elderly population. Therefore, we translated the Lubben social network scales (LSNS) and tested the validity and reliability of Korean version.Methods: Ten items, self-administered questionnaires were translated by multidisciplinary committee members. Also they were reverse translated by bilingual and modifi ed from pretest procedure. Reliability was tested by 4 weeks test-retest reliability and internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha). Validity was tested by factor analysis and construct validity comparison with the Korean version of Duke-UNC and Korean Health Related Quality of Life Scale (KQOLS) were tested for validity testing. Results: Cronbach's alpha was 0.75. Four weeks test-retest Pearson coeffi cient was 0.78 (P < 0.0001). Correlation coeffi cient with the Korean version of Duke-UNC was 0.58 (P < 0.0001). Correlation coeffi cient with social function domain of KQOLS was 0.40 (P < 0.0001). Principal components analysis identified 3 factors. Three contents areas are family and friends networks, interdependent social support and living arrangements. Conclusion: Korean version of LSNS is both valid and reliable instrument, but fi ne refi nements will be needed to adapt for use in practical settings.
Key Words: Social Networks; Validity; Reliability; Korean


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