Variable Details

Available Studies

MAP, Clinical Core, LATC

Scaled? 

Not Scaled

Variable Type 

Longitudinal

Variable Name 

social_support

Categories

Lifestyle

Perceived social support
Multidemensional Scale of Perceived Social Support - Average of 4 items

Perceived social support is assessed with 4 questions from the Multidemensional Scale of Perceived Social Support.

Participants are asked to indicate how much they agree or disagree with each of the following statements:

  1. There is a special person who is around when I am in need.
  2. There is a special person with whom I can share joys and sorrows.
  3. I have a special person who is a real source of comfort to me.
  4. There is a special person in my life who cares about my feelings.

Perceived social support is the mean of 4 items. The variable ranges from 1 to 5, with higher values indicating more social support.

Response choices for each item:

Value Response
1 Strongly disagree
2 Disagree
3 Neutral
4 Agree
5 Strongly agree

Note: This variable is calculated if 3 or more items are non-missing.


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