Modified Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Survey (mMOS-SS)

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).

ITEMS:

If you needed it, how often is someone available:

1. to help you if you were confined to bed? (I)
2. to take you to the doctor if you needed it? (I)
3. to prepare your meals if you are unable to do it yourself? (I)
4. to help with daily chores if you were sick? (I)
5. to have a good time with? (E)
6. to turn to for suggestions about how to deal with a personal problem? (E)
7. who understands your problems? (E)
8. to love and make you feel wanted? (E)

Note: Items pertaining to subscale measures are denoted as: instrumental support (I) and emotional support (E).

Response options:
Not specified.

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

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.

PRIMARY CITATION:

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2012.04.007

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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