Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

International Support Evaluation List (ISEL)

Description: A measure of the perceived availability of support.

Format: 40 items, separated into 4 sub-scales of 10 items assessing the perceived availability of different functions of social support: appraisal, belonging, self-esteem, and tangible.

Scoring: The ISEL yields a total score by summing each item.  As well, sub-scales are calculated by summing relevant items.

Administration and Burden: Self-administered.

Psychometrics for SCI: The appraisal sub-scale of the ISEL showed satisfactory internal consistency (Cronbach α =.82) in a sample of spinal cord injury (SCI) subjects with chronic pain [1].

Languages: English.

QoL Concept: The ISEL measures life satisfaction, which corresponds to Boxes C (achievements) and E (subjective evaluations and reactions) of Dijker’s Model.

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Public Domain; The ISEL can be found as an appendix in the original publication:

Sarason IG, Levine HM, Basham RB, Sarason BR. Assessing social support: The social support questionnaire. J Pers Soc Psychol 1983;44:127-39.

References:

  1. Widerström-Noga EG, Cruz-Almeida Y, Martinez-Arizala A, Turk DC. Internal consistency, stability, and validity of the spinal cord injury version of the multidimensional pain inventory. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2006;87:516-23.

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