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Amount of help expected from family if problem arose


For adults 18 and older who completed the Social and Health Experiences (SHE) self-administered questionnaire (SDOHELIG), SUPFAMILY indicates the amount of help the respondent would expect from family if a problem arose. SUPFAMILY was fielded as one of seven questions about social support included in the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) supplement fielded via the 2021 SHE pencil-and-paper questionnaire. The SHE questionnaire was the first MEPS-HC questionnaire to be fielded using paper and web modes. Please see SATISFIED for more information on the SDOH supplement, including a complete list of variables fielded on the 2021 SHE.

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The SDOH supplement included on the 2021 SHE included a series of questions that asked respondents about their level of social support. Questions about the amount of help expected from family, friends, and community if a problem arose were adapted from the Urban Institute's 2017 Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey, which measures well-being and a family's ability to meet basic needs. Questions about the frequency of different types of social interactions were adapted from the Institute of Medicine Measures of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health. In addition to SUPFAMILY, the Social Support variables include the following:


  • SUPFRIENDS: Amount of help expected from friends if problem arose
  • SUPCOMMTY: Amount of help expected from community if problem arose
  • SUPTLKPHN: How often talks on phone/video to family, friends, or neighbors in typical week
  • SUPGETTGT: How often gets together with friends or relatives in typical week
  • SUPCHURCH: How often attends church or religious services (in-person or online)
  • SUPCLUBORG: How often attends meetings of clubs or organizations (in-person or online)

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  • 2021: Sample adults age 18+ and eligible for SDOH with data recorded (SDOHELIG).


  • 2021



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