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Table 7 Normative values of the OSSS-3

From: Social support in the general population: standardization of the Oslo social support scale (OSSS-3)

  Total Men Women
14–91 yr. 14–24 25–34 35–44 45–54 55–64 65–74 >  75 14–24 25–34 35–44 45–54 55–64 65–74 >  75
n = 2524 n = 160 n = 137 n = 202 n = 224 n = 183 n = 204 n = 91 n = 142 n = 160 n = 251 n = 224 n = 224 n = 200 n = 117
M 10.16 10.66 10.18 10.50 9.78 9.85 10.11 9.70 10.66 10.43 10.34 10.31 9.94 9.84 9.85
(SD) 2.07 2.07 2.27 2.20 2.55 2.06 2.21 2.56 2.09 2.31 2.20 2.13 2.27 2.12 2.27
Sum score Percentilea               
3 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0 0.6 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
4 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.0 3.1 0.0 0.5 3.3 0.0 1.3 1.2 0.0 0.9 0.0 0.0
5 1.8 1.3 2.2 0.5 4.0 0.5 1.5 6.6 1.4 2.5 1.6 0.9 1.8 2.0 0.9
6 5.3 2.5 5.1 5.4 10.3 2.2 5.9 8.8 4.2 5.0 4.4 3.1 6.3 5.0 7.7
7 15.0 8.8 15.3 12.9 21.9 16.4 16.7 20.9 8.5 13.1 10.4 11.2 19.6 16.0 20.5
8 24.2 15.0 23.4 16.8 31.3 30.6 24.5 31.9 14.8 21.3 20.7 24.1 27.2 27.5 32.5
9 36.2 28.1 35.0 31.7 42.4 42.1 34.8 45.1 28.2 30.0 32.3 34.8 40.2 44.0 39.3
10 52.0 41.9 51.8 46.5 57.1 60.7 51.5 59.3 43.0 45.6 50.2 48.7 54.9 61.5 56.4
11 69.9 61.9 70.1 63.9 72.3 76.5 72.5 73.6 59.2 64.4 69.3 68.3 72.8 74.0 74.4
12 84.0 79.4 84.7 79.7 84.8 88.5 86.3 87.9 81.0 79.4 81.7 83.5 86.6 88.0 85.5
13 94.6 94.4 93.4 92.6 93.3 97.3 94.6 91.2 93.7 93.8 93.6 94.6 95.5 98.0 97.4
14 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
  1. For example, an OSSS (OSSS Oslo Social Support Scale) score of 11 in a 24-year-old man indicates a percentile rank of 69.9% in the total population and of 61.9% in a group of subjects of the same age and gender