Infant Assessment Unit - Maternal Social Support Index


Infant Assessment Unit - Maternal Social Support Index


The Infant Assessment Unit (IAU) was part of the Longitudinal Cohort Study. The objective of the IAU was to observe how prenatal and postnatal conditions affect the health and cognitive functioning of infants during the first year of life. Consisting of several instruments, the IAU sought to measure infant cognition and quantify the experiences of the sampled infants from Cohort 0 during their first 12 months of life. Additionally, the IAU examined the circumstances surrounding the mother's pregnancy and the subsequent care received by the infant. The IAU was administered to subjects or primary caregivers in Cohort 0 only in Wave 1 of the LCS.

The Maternal Social Support Index (MSSI) instrument (PDF 2.6MG) was included in the IAU to evaluate the aspects of the primary caregiver's (PC's) social support. It sought to obtain information regarding the division of household tasks and responsibilities for child rearing. The MSSI also questioned the PC with respect to his or her ability to access transportation, interaction with other adults, and involvement in the community. The MSSI further asked the PC to describe his or her relationship with the subject's father, while additional questions regarding the involvement of the subject's father or father figure were added to the measure by the IAU research team. It was administered to the subject's primary caregiver.


Pascoe, J.M., Ialonga, N., Horn, W., Reinhart, M. & Perradatto, D. (1988). The reliability and validity of the maternal social support index. Family Medicine, 20, 271-275.

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