Scoring For The Duke Social Support And Stress Scale

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Scoring is done either manually as described below, or by computer as shown in Appendix F.

DUSOCS Social Support

Support Step 1: Assign the following raw scores for each check mark made by the respondent:

"None" =0 "Yes" = 2 "Some" = 1 "No" = 0

"A Lot" = 2 "There is No Such Person" = 0

Rules for missing values: If all items in the entire "support" section are left blank, then all are considered to be "missing values" and no support scores can be generated.

However, if at least one item is checked in the support section, then all the blanks are scored "0" and the check or checks are scored "0" to "2" as noted above. Support Step 2: Calculate the score for DUSOCS Family Support a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section I A.

b. If the "special supportive person" in Section IC is a family member, add the raw score for "yes" (i.e., 2) to the sum of IA. If not a family member, add the raw score for "no" (i.e., 0).

c. Divide by 14 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Family Support Score on a scale of Oto 100.

Example: For the patient shown in Figure 16, the score for Family Support is calculated as follows:

a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IA.

Type of person Raw Score

1. Your wife, husband, or significant other person = 2

2. Your children or grandchildren = 0

3. Your parents or grandparents = 2

4. Your brothers or sisters = 1

5. Your other blood relatives = 1

6. Your relatives by marriage = _2

b. If the "special supportive person" in Section IC is a family member, add the raw score for "yes" (i.e., 2) to the sum of IA. If not a family member, add the raw score for "no" (i.e., 0). to the sum of IA.

Special supportive person = wife

Because "wife" is a family member, add the raw score of 2: 8 + 2 = 10

c. Divide by 14 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Family Support Score on a scale of Oto 100.

0.714 X 100 = 71.4 = DUSOCS Family Support Score

Support Step 3: Calculate the score for DUSOCS Non-Family Support.

a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section IB

b. If the "special supportive person" in Section IC is a non-family member, add the raw score for "yes" (i.e., 2) to the sum of IB. If not a non-family member, add the raw score for "no" (i.e., 0) to the sum of IB.

c. Divide by 10 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Non-Family Support Score on a scale of Oto 100.

Example: For the patient shown in Figure 16, the score for Non-Family Support is calculated as follows:

a. Sum the raw scores for the four categories of non-family members under Section IB.

Type of Person Raw Score

Your neighbors = 1

Your co-workers = 2

Your church members = 0

Your other friends = _1_

b. If the "special supportive person" in Section IC is a non-family member, add the raw score for "yes" (i.e., 2) to the sum of IB. If not a non-family member, add the raw score for "no" (i.e., 0) to the sum of IB.

Because the special supportive person (i.e., wife) is not a non-family member, the raw score of 0 is added: 4 + 0 = 4

c. Divide by 10 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Non-Family Support Score on a scale of Oto 100: 4 + 10 = 0.40

0.40 x 100 = 40.0 = DUSOCS Non-Family Support Score

Support Step 4: Calculate the score for DUSOCS Social Support a. Sum the raw scores for Sections IA, IB, and IC.

b. Divide by 22 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Social Support Score on a scale of 0 to 100.

Example: For the patient shown in Figure 16, the score for Social Support is calculated as follows:

a. Sum the raw scores for Sections IA, IB, and IC: 8 + 4 + 2 = 14

b. Divide by 22 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Social Support score on a scale of 0 to 100: 14-22 = 0.636

0.636 x 100 = 63.6 = DUSOCS Social Support score

DUSOCS Social Stress

Stress Step 1: Assign the following raw scores for each check mark made by the respondent:

"A Lot" = 2 "There is No Such Person" = 0

Rules for missing values: If all items in the entire "stress" section are left blank, then all are considered to be "missing values" and no stress scores can be generated.

However, if at least one item is checked in the stress section, then all the blanks are scored "0" and the check or checks are scored "0" to "2" as noted above.

Stress Step 2: Calculate the score for DUSOCS Family Stress.

a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IIA.

b. If the "most stressful person" in Section 110 is a family member, add the raw score for "yes" (i.e., 2) to the sum of IIA. If not a family member, add the raw score for no

c. Divide by 14 and multiply by 100 to obtain the Family Stress Score on a scale of Oto 100.

Example: For the patient shown in Figure 17, the score for Family Stress is calculated as follows:

a. Sum the raw scores for the six categories of family members under Section IIA. Type of person Raw Score

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