The development of an instrument to measure social support.

  title={The development of an instrument to measure social support.},
  author={Jane S Norbeck and Ada M Lindsey and V L Carrieri},
  journal={Nursing research},
  volume={30 5},
This article describes the development of a new instrument, the Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire, designed to measure multiple dimensions of social support. Based on Kahn's (1979) conceptual definitions of social support and definitions from network theory (Barnes, 1972), the instrument has three main variables--Total Functional, Total Network, and Total Loss--each with three subscales. Graduate and undergraduate nursing students were used as subjects in this phase of testing, which… CONTINUE READING

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