1. Friends/relations have understood what it is like for me to live with my relative’s drinking or drug taking.
2. Friends/relations have helped to cheer me up.
3. Health/social care workers have given me helpful information about problem drinking or drug taking.
4. I have friends/relations whom I trust.
5. Friends/relations have listened to me when I have talked about my feelings.
6. Friends/relations have backed the decisions that I have taken towards my relative and their drinking or drug taking.
7. Friends/relations have put themselves out for me when I needed practical help (i.e. aid or assistance).
8. Friends/relations have advised me to focus on myself and my own needs.
9. Friends/relations have questioned my efforts to stand up to my relative’s problem drinking or drug taking.
10.Friends/relations have been too critical of my relative.
11.Friends/relations have given me space to talk about my problems.
12.Friends/relations have said that my relative should leave home.
13.Friends/relations have said things about my relative that I do NOT agree with.
14.Friends/relations have avoided me because of my relative’s drinking or drug taking.
15.Health/social care workers have made themselves available for me.
16.Fiends/relations have blamed me for my relative’s behaviour.
17.Friends/relations have said that my relative does NOT deserve help.
18.I have identified with the information within books/booklets about people living with a problem drinker or drug taker.
19.Friends/relations have told my relative off on my behalf.
20.Friends/relations have advised me to leave my relative.
21.Friends/relations have been there for me.
22.Friends/relations have provided support for the way I cope with my relative.
23.Friends/relations have talked to me about my relative and listened to what I have to say.
24.Friends/relations have said nasty things about my relative.
25.I have confided in my health/social care worker about my situation.
Positive FunctionalSupport(Emotional andinstrumentalsupport‚ social companionship and support for coping)‚ Negative ADF Support (Support for coping and attitudes and actions towards the using relative)‚ Positive ADF Support (Informational – formal and informal – emotional support‚ support for coping and attitudes and actions towards the using relative).
ADF: Alcohol‚ Drugs and the Family
Never‚ Once or Twice‚ Sometimes‚ Often
Positive Functional Support (1‚ 2‚ 4‚ 5‚ 6‚ 7‚ 8‚ 11‚ 21‚ 22 and 23)‚ Negative ADF Support (9‚ 10‚ 12‚ 13‚ 14‚ 16‚ 17 and 24)‚ Positive specific ADF Support (3‚ 15‚ 18‚ 19‚ 20 and 25)
Toner‚ P. (2009). The development of a social support measure for the family members of problem substance users. PhD thesis. University of Bath.
Toner‚ P. and Velleman‚ R. D. B.‚ 2014. Initial reliability and validity of a new measure of perceived social support for family members of problem substance users. Addiction Research & Theory‚ 22 (2)‚ 147–157.