Table of Contents
ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 567280, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/567280
Research Article

Use of Averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire Scores

1Department of Nursing, College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York—CUNY 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, USA
2The Graduate Center, The City University of New York—CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016, USA
3Department of Education, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York—CUNY, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314, USA

Received 26 March 2011; Accepted 12 April 2011

Academic Editors: M. Engström and P. Di Giulio

Copyright © 2011 Eileen Gigliotti and William Ellery Samuels. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Averaged Norbeck Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ) support scores remove the influence of network size variability but may unduly lower scores for participants with large networks. Objectives. To evaluate the use of averaged NSSQ scores. Method. Pearson correlations determined if averaged scores decreased as network size increased across three samples. Then, Pearson correlations between a criterion variable and both averaged and raw support scores were computed along with the resultant power to detect a true effect. Results. Neither averaged total functional support nor averaged affect and affirmation scores decreased as sample size increased. However, averaged aid scores did decrease as network size increased. Power also increased markedly in all averaged versus raw scores except in averaged aid scores. Discussion and Conclusions. Use of averaged aid scores is not recommended. Use of all other averaged scores appears acceptable.