DUKES SOCIAL SUPPORT INDEX

  1. How many persons in this area within one hours travel, do you fell you can depend on or fell very close to? Do not include people in your own family.

0 persons = 1 point

1-2 people = 2 points

>2 people = 3 points

 

  1. How many times during the past week did you spend some time with someone who does not live with you? (for example, you went to see them or they came to visit you, or you went out together?)

No times = 1 point

1-2 times = 2 points

>2 times = 3 points

 

  1. How many times during the past week did you talk to someone friends, relatives or others on the telephone? (either they called you, or you called them)

none-1 time = 1 point

2-5 times = 2 points

>5 times = 3points

 

4         About how many times in the past week did you go to meetings of social clubs, religious meetings or other groups that you belong to?

none-1 time = 1 point

2-5 times = 2 points

>5 times = 3points

 

5         Does it seem that your family and friends (that is, people who are important to you ) understand you?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

  1. Do you feel useful to your family and friends?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

 

  1. Do you know what is going on with your family and friends?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

8.       When you are talking with your family and friends, do you feel you are being listened to?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

  1. Do you feel you have a definite role/place in your family and amongst your friends?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

  1. Can you talk about your deepest problems with at least some of your family and friends?

1-never

2-hardly ever

3-some of the time..

4-most of the time.

5-all of the time..

 

  1. How satisfied are you with the kinds of relationships you have with your family and friends?

1-extremely dissatisfied

2-very dissatisfied

3-somewhat dissatisfied

4-mostly satisfied

5-always satisfied

 

Score : 

 

Points for each question are added.   A score of 23 or less is considered to be low, but in general the relationship between social support is monotonic with better health outcomes for each increase in social support score.