Stroke Social Network Scale - SSNS


What is the SSNS?

The Stroke Social Network Scale (SSNS) is a patient-reported measure which assesses a person’s social network following a stroke.

It measures five subdomains: satisfaction with social network; children; relatives; friends; and groups. The 19-item SSNS demonstrates good acceptability, internal consistency, validity and responsiveness to change.

Who is the SSNS suitable for?

The scale has been validated on the stroke population, including those with and without aphasia. Those with mild, moderate and severe aphasia expressive aphasia can compete with scale. However, it is not suitable for those with severe receptive aphasia (who score less that 7/15 on the receptive domains of the Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test)

Who can administer the SSNS?

It has been designed to be administered by researchers or clinicians who have experience of working with people who have had a stroke. It is intended to be interviewer administered with people with aphasia. This way people with receptive aphasia can benefit from a multi-modal presentation, i.e., they can both read and listen to the questions. People with expressive aphasia can just point to their responses.

Download Resources for SSNS

Download the SSNS standard interviewer format below.

In interviewer format, the person with stroke is presented with pages of the test book and the interviewer notes down their responses on the score sheet.

Full details are provided in the administration guide. (Document to be provided soon).

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SSNS Online

Take the SSNS test Online here.

It is important that you have first read the Administration Guidelines (coming soon) before undertaking the Online Assesment for the first time.

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References:

All relevant publications for this research group are available through both Research Gate and Open Access. Links to individual papers can be found below.

Psychometric Properties of the SSNS

Northcott, S. & Hilari, K. (2013). Stroke Social Network Scale: development and psychometric evaluation of a new patient-reported measure. Clinical Rehabilitation, 27(9), pp. 823-833. doi: 10.1177/0269215513479388

How to Cite:

When reporting use of the SSNS, please cite the following:

“Northcott, S. & Hilari, K. (2013). Stroke Social Network Scale: development and psychometric evaluation of a new patient-reported measure. Clinical Rehabilitation, 27(9), pp. 823-833. doi: 10.1177/0269215513479388”