Family Support Inventory for Workers (FSIW)

Family Support Inventory for Workers (FSIW) is a 44-item measure of the respondent's perceived social support provided by their family regarding their work. The instrument contains two subscales: Emotional Sustenance and Instrumental Sustenance.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


1. When I success at work, members of my family show that they are proud of me.*
2. My family members burden me with things that they should be able to handle on their own.
3. My family members do not seem very interested in hearing about my work day.
4. When something at work is bothering me, members of my family should that they understand how I'm feeling.*
5. Members of my family cooperate with me to get things done around the house.*
6. When I talk with them about my work, my family members don't really listen.
7. Someone in my family asks me regularly about my work day.*
8. If I had to go out of town for my job, my family would have a hard time managing household responsibilities.
9. As long as I'm making money, it doesn't really matter to members of my family what job I have.
10. It seems as if my family members are always demanding me to do something for them.
11. I feel better after discussing job-related problems with a family member.*
12. My family members do their fair share of household chores.*
13. When I have a tough day a work, family members try to cheer me up.*
14. Members of my family are interested in my job.*
15. I have difficulty discussing work-related activities with members of my family.
16. When I'm frustrated by my work, someone in my family tries to understand.*
17. Members of my family are willing to straighten up the house when it needs it.*
18. Members of my family always seem to make time for me if I need to discuss my work.*
19. I wish members of my family would care more about what I do at work.
20. Members of my family often provide a different way of looking at my work-related problems.*
21. My family leaves too much of the daily details of running the house to me.
22. Members of my family don't want to listen to my work-related problems.
23. Members of my family seem bored when I talk about my job.
24. Someone in my family helps me out by running errands when necessary.*
25. Members of my family have little respect for my job.
26. Members of my family are happy for me when I am successful at work.*
27. Someone in my family helps me feel better when I'm upset about my job.*
28. If my job gets very demanding, someone in my family will take on extra household responsibilities.*
29. I usually find it useful to discuss my work problems with family members.*
30. Members of my family want me to enjoy my job.*
31. My family members give me too much responsibility for household repairs and maintenance.
32. Members of my family enjoy hearing about my achievements at work.*
33. I can depend on members of my family to help me out when I'm running late for work.*
34. My family members have a positive attitude toward my work.*
35. When I have a problem at work, my family members seem to blame me.
36. Members of my family help me with routine household tasks.*
37. When I have a problem at work, members of my family express concern.*
38. I look to family members for reassurance about my job when I need it.*
39. If I have to work late, I can count on someone in my family to take care of everything at home.*
40. I feel comfortable asking members of my family for advice about a problem situation at work.*
41. My family members are sympathetic when I'm upset about my work.*
42. Too much of my time at home is spent picking up after my family members.
43. When I'm having a difficult week at my job, my family members try to do more of the work around the house.*
44. If I have a problem at work, I usually share it with my family members.*

Response Options:
Strongly agree - 1
Agree - 2
Neutral or no opinion - 3
Disagree - 4
Strongly disagree - 5

*Items are reverse scored

Scoring Procedures

Each subscale score can be calculated by either summing or computing the mean of the item scores.

Original Citation

King, L. A., Mattimore, L. K., King, D. W., & Adams, G. A. (1995). Family Support Inventory for Workers: A new measure of perceived social support from family members. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 16(3), 235-258.

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