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NDACAN Measure Details

Inventory of Supportive Figures


Designed to identify children's key supportive figures and assess the perceived amount and type of support provided by these figures (Hunter & Everson, 1990). Children are asked about the most helpful adult, two more helpful adults, and mother and father-figures if they are not mentioned among the first three adults. For each supportive figure, an initial question of who the person is in relation to the respondent is asked, followed by 4 questions about the amount of Emotional Support, Practical Support, Companionship, and Instrumental Support that person provides.


Hunter, W.M., Cox, C.E., Teagle, S., Johnson, R.M., Mathew, R., Knight, E.D., & the LONGSCAN Investigators (2003). Measures for Assessment of Functioning and Outcomes in Longitudinal Research on Child Abuse- Volume 2: Middle Childhood. Retrieved from:

Burge, S. K., & Figley, C. R. (1982). The Social Support Scale. Unpublished manuscript, West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University.

Whitcomb, D., Runyan, D., De Vos, E., Hunter, W., Cross, T., Everson, M., Peeler, N. Porter, C., Toth, P. & Cropper, C. (1994). The Child victim as a witness. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.