Psychometric assessment of a self-administered version of the Significant Other Survey

Lois A. Benishek, Meridith Carter, Nicolle T. Clements, Cassandra Allen, Kristin E. Salber, Karen L. Dugosh, Kimberly C. Kirby

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


While there are a number of general measures that assess interpersonal and psychological distress experienced by individuals who are in a close relationship with a substance abusing adult, until recently the field has lacked a psychometrically sound, self-administered multidimensional measure explicitly designed to measure the problems of non-substance-abusing adults who are concerned about a substance using loved one. This study examined the psychometric properties of a 54-item, self-administered (SA) version of the Significant Other Survey (SOS), a measure designed to address this gap. The SOS-SA assesses problems across seven problem domains (emotional, relationship, family, financial, physical violence, legal, health). Coefficient alpha estimates (N = 168) were good to excellent for five of the domains, the test-retest reliability (N = 83) across a 7-day time frame was fair to excellent for all seven domains. Similar reliability coefficients were identified regardless of whether the item queried about the problem frequency or perceived severity. There was preliminary support for the construct and discriminant validity of the SOS-SA. The SOS-SA appears to be a promising instrument given that it is brief, requires no specialized training to administer, and has good psychometric properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)986-993
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


Dive into the research topics of 'Psychometric assessment of a self-administered version of the Significant Other Survey'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this