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Locator Record

Title: Social Support (SSQ )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 1999 - 2000
First Published: June, 2002
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Social Support
Record Source: NHANES 1999 - 2000
Survey Methodology: NHANES 1999 - 2000 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

Social relationship, intrinsic to human nature and existence, is a multidimensional concept. The social support section (prefix SSQ) provides personal interview data on emotional, material, and network (the number of members in a network) support. The questions were selected from the Yale Health and Aging Study and the Social Network Index – Alameda County Study.

Eligible Sample

All participants 60 year of age and older are asked about social support.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS

SSQ010 - Anyone to help with emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ010
SAS Label:
Anyone to help with emotional support
English Text:
Now I would like to ask a few questions about {your/SP's} friends and family. Can {you/SP} count on anyone to provide {you/him/her} with emotional support such as talking over problems or helping {you/him/her} make a difficult decision?
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1644 1644
2 No 151 1795 SSQ050
3 SP doesn't need help 33 1828 SSQ050
7 Refused 3 1831 SSQ050
9 Don't know 1 1832 SSQ050
. Missing 2 1834

SSQ020a - Spouse gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020a
SAS Label:
Spouse gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
10 Spouse 773 773
77 Refused 1 774
99 Don't know 1 775
. Missing 1059 1834

SSQ020b - Daughter gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020b
SAS Label:
Daughter gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
11 Daughter 724 724
. Missing 1110 1834

SSQ020c - Son gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020c
SAS Label:
Son gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
12 Son 539 539
. Missing 1295 1834

SSQ020d - Sibling gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020d
SAS Label:
Sibling gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
13 Sister/brother 242 242
. Missing 1592 1834

SSQ020e - Parent gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020e
SAS Label:
Parent gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
14 Parent 27 27
. Missing 1807 1834

SSQ020f - Other relative gives emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020f
SAS Label:
Other relative gives emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
15 Other relative 167 167
. Missing 1667 1834

SSQ020g - Neighbors give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020g
SAS Label:
Neighbors give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
16 Neighbors 58 58
. Missing 1776 1834

SSQ020h - Co-workers give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020h
SAS Label:
Co-workers give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
17 Co-workers 10 10
. Missing 1824 1834

SSQ020i - Church members give emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020i
SAS Label:
Church members give emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
18 Church members 108 108
. Missing 1726 1834

SSQ020j - Club members give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020j
SAS Label:
Club members give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
19 Club members 10 10
. Missing 1824 1834

SSQ020k - Professionls give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020k
SAS Label:
Professionls give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
20 Professionals 23 23
. Missing 1811 1834

SSQ020l - Friends give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020l
SAS Label:
Friends give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
21 Friends 355 355
. Missing 1479 1834

SSQ020m - Others give most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020m
SAS Label:
Others give most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
22 Other 47 47
. Missing 1787 1834

SSQ020n - No one gives most emotional support

Variable Name:
SSQ020n
SAS Label:
No one gives most emotional support
English Text:
In the last 12 months, who was most helpful in providing {you/SP} with emotional support?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
23 No one 21 21
. Missing 1813 1834

SSQ030 - Needed more support in past year

Variable Name:
SSQ030
SAS Label:
Needed more support in past year
English Text:
[In the last 12 months], could {you/SP} have used more emotional support than {you/s/he} received?
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 266 266
2 No 1359 1625 SSQ050
7 Refused 0 1625 SSQ050
9 Don't know 19 1644 SSQ050
. Missing 190 1834

SSQ040 - How much more support needed

Variable Name:
SSQ040
SAS Label:
How much more support needed
English Text:
Would you say that {you/SP} could have used . . .
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 A lot more, 55 55
2 Some, or 117 172
3 A little more emotional support? 92 264
7 Refused 0 264
9 Don't know 2 266
. Missing 1568 1834

SSQ050 - Anyone to help with financial support

Variable Name:
SSQ050
SAS Label:
Anyone to help with financial support
English Text:
If {you/SP} need{s} some extra help financially, could {you/s/he} count on anyone to help {you/him/her}; for example, by paying any bills, housing costs, hospital visits, or providing {you/him/her} with food or clothes?
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1358 1358
2 No 401 1759
3 Offered help but wouldn't accept it 45 1804
7 Refused 4 1808
9 Don't know 24 1832
. Missing 2 1834

SSQ060 - Number of close friends

Variable Name:
SSQ060
SAS Label:
Number of close friends
English Text:
In general, how many close friends {do you/does SP} have? PROBE: By "close friends" I mean relatives or non-relatives that {you s/he} feel{s} at ease with, can talk to about private matters, and can call on for help.
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF CLOSE FRIENDS.
Target:
Both males and females 60 YEARS - 120 YEARS
Hard Edits:
0 to 50
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
0 to 50 Range of Values 1789 1789
7777 Refused 7 1796
9999 Don't know 36 1832
. Missing 2 1834