The Modified Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (mMOS-SS) is an 8-item self-reported measure of individual experience of social support, with two subscale measures of emotional support, and instrumental support. Items ask respondents about having someone to help with physical needs, and emotional assistance. The mMOS-SS is an abbreviated adaptation of the original 19-item Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (MOS-SS), which can be viewed here.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female
Age Range: Adults
If you needed it, how often is someone available:
Note: Items pertaining to subscale measures are denoted as: instrumental support (I) and emotional support (E).
Response Options: 1=None of the time. 2=A little of the time. 3=Some of the time. 4=Most of the time. 5=All of the time.
The score for mMOS-SS is calculated as the average score of subscale items transformed to a zero to 100 scale, with higher scores indicating more support.
Moser, A., Stuck, A. E., Silliman, R. A., Ganz, P. A., & Clough-Gorr, K. M. (2012). The eight-item modified Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey: psychometric evaluation showed excellent performance. Journal of clinical epidemiology, 65(10), 1107-1116.
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