The FSS is designed to measure the helpfulness of various sources of support available to families raising children. The scale consists of 18 items about both formal and informal supports, and requires participants to rate the level of perceived helpfulness on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from “Not At All Helpful” to “Extremely Helpful.” Two additional narrative items of the scale (items 19 and 20) provide an opportunity for the respondent to write in “other”forms of support.If the source of support addressed by the scale item is not available to participants, then the option “Not Available”(NA) is selected.
Year: 1984 Authors: Dunst et al Disease: Obesity Outcome: Social interactions
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Measure: Social support
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Number of RCTs that used this tool (in our study): 1
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Scale: Higher scores are better Reference: Dunst, C., Jenkins, J., & Trivette, C. M. (1984). Family support scale: Reliability and validity. Journal of Individual, Family, and Community Wellness, 1, 45–52.
Target population: General population Focus Generic Notes Families raising children Translations available: Yes Original version validated: Yes Original language: English Form of delivery: Self-reported Licence needed: Unclear