Duke Social Support and Stress Scale (DUSOCS)

I. People Who Give Personal Support
A. Family Members
How supportive are these people now:
There is No Such Person
None
Some
A lot
1. Your wife‚ husband‚ or significant other person
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
2. Your children or grandchildren
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
3. Your parents or grandparents
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
4. Your brothers or sisters
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
5. Your other blood relatives
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
6. Your relatives by marriage (for example: in-laws‚ ex-wife‚ ex-husband)
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
B. Non-Family Members
7. Your neighbors
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
8. Your co-workers
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
9. Your church members
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
10. Your other friends
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
C. Special Supportive Person
11. Do you have one particular person whom you trust and to whom you can go with personal difficulties?
Yes
No
12. If you answered “yes”‚ which of the above types of person is he or she? (for example: child‚ parent‚ neighbor) ____________
II. People Who Cause Personal Stress
A. Family Members
How stressed do you feel by these people now:
There is No Such Person
None
Some
A lot
1. Your wife‚ husband‚ or significant other person
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
2. Your children or grandchildren
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
3. Your parents or grandparents
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
4. Your brothers or sisters
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
5. Your other blood relatives
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
6. Your relatives by marriage (for example: in-laws‚ ex-wife‚ ex-husband)
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
B. Non-Family Members
7. Your neighbors
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
8. Your co-workers
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
9. Your church members
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
10. Your other friends
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
-‎–‎–‎–‎-
C. Most Stressful Person
11. Is there one particular person who is causing you the most personal stress now?
Yes
No
12. If you answered “yes”‚ which of the above types of person is he or she? (for example: child‚ parent‚ neighbor) ____________
12. If you answered “yes”‚ which of the above types of person is he or she? (for example: child‚ parent‚ neighbor) _________
 
 
“none” = 0‚ “some” = 1‚ “a lot” = 2‚ “yes” = 2‚ “no” = 0‚ and “there is nosuch person” = 0.       
 
 

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