This report presents the results from empirical tests of strategies for scoring social well-being items fielded by RAND's Health Insurance Experiment (HIE). Section II presents background material, a conceptual framework for social well-being measurements, an outline of measurement issues and strategies involved in quantifying questionnaire responses, and a summary of how other investigators have constructed social well-being measures. Section III describes the methodology used in the HIE. Sections IV and V present results of empirical analyses, recommend a scoring rule for each of the 11 HIE social well-being items, and describe the results of scaling analyses including descriptive statistics, interrelationships among measures, the reliability of resulting scores, associations between social well-being measures and selected sociodemographic and health variables, and effects of socially desirable responding on social well-being measures. Section VI discusses the findings and offers suggestions for future research based on the experiences with HIE measures.
Donald, Cathy A. and John E. Ware, The Quantification of Social Contacts and Resources. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1982. https://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R2937.html.
Donald, Cathy A. and John E. Ware, The Quantification of Social Contacts and Resources, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, R-2937-HHS, 1982. As of May 12, 2022: https://www.rand.org/pubs/reports/R2937.html