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Indian Journal of Community Medicine

Annexure to "A New Instrument (Scale) for Measuring..."

Author(s): O.P. Aggarwal, S.K. Bhasin, A.K. Sharma, P. Chhabra, K. Aggarwal, O.P. Rajoura

Vol. 30, No. 4 (2005-10 - 2005-12)

Note: The present proforma has largely included family paramters and very few are based on head of the family. The proforma has been developed for all sections of the society.

Definition of a family:

It includes nuclear or joint family. Married couple with unmarried children or without children. Head of the family will be either husband/wife. Dependent father/mother/brother/sister does not become head of the family unless he/she is earning and one kitchen with pooled income is managed by him/her.

Q 1. Monthly per capita income from all sources (total monthly income /no. of family members)

1 >50000 7
2 20000-49999 6
3 10000-19999 5
4 5000-9999 4
5 2500-4999 3
6 1000-2499 2
7 <1000 1

Q 2. Education of either husband or wife who is more educated among them

1 Professional qualification with technical degrees or diplomas e.g. Doctor, Eng. CA, MBA, etc. 7
2 Postgraduation (non-technical incl. Ph.D) 6
3 Graduation 5
4 10th class pass but <Graduation 4
5 Primary pass but <10th 3
6 <Primary but attended school for at least one year 2
7 Just literate but no schooling 1
8 Illiterate 0

Q 3. Occupation of husband, otherwise wife.

1 Service in central/State/Public undertakings or Owner of a company employing >20 persons or self
employed professional viz Doctors, CAs, Eng. Etc.
5
2 Service in Private sector or independent business employing 2-20 persons 4
3 Service at shops, home, transport, own cultivation of land 3
4 Self employed e.g. shops, Rehdies or petty business with income >5000 2
5 Self employed with income <5000 (labourer, house wife) 1
6 None of the family member is employed 0

Q 4. Family possessions (presence of each item given below will carry score of '1')

1 Refrigerator 1
2 TV 1
3 Radio/Transistor/Music system 1
4 AC 1
5 Washing Machine 1
6 Telephone 1
7 Mobile Tel 1
8 Credit card 1
9 Sanitary lat. 1
10 Any newspaper subscribed throughout the month 1

Q 5. Living in a type of house

1 Own house with 5 or more rooms 7
2 Own house with 3-4 rooms 6
3 Rented/Govt. house with 5 or more rooms 6
4 Own house with 1-2 rooms 5
5 Rented/Govt. house with 3-4 rooms 5
6 Rented/Govt. house with 1-2 rooms 4
7 Own jhuggi 3
8 Rented jhuggi 2
9 No place to live, pavement, mobile cart 1

Q 6. Possession of a vehicle or equivalent

1 2 or more cars/Tractors/Trucks 4
2 1 Car /Tractor/Truck 3
3 1 or more scooter(s)/Bullock cart (s) 2
4 1 or more cycles (not baby cycle) 1
5 None of the above 0

Q. 7 No. of earning members in the family (Nuclear/Joint)

1 3 or more members earning and income pooled 3
2 2 or both husband and wife earning 2
3 Only 1 family member earning 1
4 No earning member o

Q 8. No. of children head of the family has/had

1 0-1 5
2 2 4
3 3 3
4 4 2
5 5 1
6 >6 0

Q 9. Facility of some essentials in the family

1 Both tap water supply and electricity 2
2 Only one of above two is present 1
3 None is present 0

Q10. Education of children (in relation to head of the family)

Note : Exclude under 5 children for this item. A child applicable here is one who is 5 yrs or above.

1 All children going/ever gone to school/college 3
2 >50% children ever gone/going to school/college 2
3 < 50% children ever gone/going to school/college 1
4 No child ever gone/going to school/college 0

Q 11. Employment of a domestic servant at home

1 Employed >2 full time servants on salary for domestic work 4
2 Employed only 1 full time servant on salary for domestic work 3
3 Employed > 3 part time servants on salary for domestic work 2
4 Employed 1-2 part time servants on salary for domestic work 1
5 Employed no servants for domestic work 0

Q 12.Type of locality the family is residing

1 Living in urban locality 5
2 Living in rural locality 4
3 Living in resettlement colony 3
4 Living in slums/jhuggis 2
5 No fixed living and mobile 1

Q 13.Caste of the family

1 Upper caste 4
2 OBC 3
3 Dalits 2
4 Tribals 1

Q. 14. Members of family gone abroad in last three years (official or personal)

1 Whole family 3
2 Only husband and wife 2
3 Only 1 family member 1
4 None 0

Q 15. Possession of agricultural land for cultivation

1 Own agricultural land >100 acres 5
2 Own agricultural land 51-100 acres 4
3 Own agricultural land 21-50 acres 3
4 Own agricultural land 6-20 acres 2
5 Own agricultural land 1-5 acres 1
6 No agricultural land 0

Q 16. Possession of non-agriculatural land/land for housing or other type of land

1 Own non-agricultural land/land for 3 housing>1000 Sq Yards  
2 Own non-agricultural land/land for 2 housing 501-1000 Sq. Yards  
3 Own non-agricultural land/land for 1 housing 25-500 Sq. Yards  
4 Own non-agricultural land/land for 0 housing <25 Sq. Yards -OR Does
not own non-agricultural land/land for housing at all
 

Q 17.Presence of milch cattles in the family for business or non-business purposes

1 Own 4 or more milch cattles 3
2 Own 1-3 milch cattles 2
3 Own 1 milch cattle 1
4 Does not own any milch cattle 0

Q 18. Presence of non milch cattles or pet animals in the family

1 Own 2 or more 2
2 Own 1 1

Q 19. Besides the house in which the family is living, the family owns other house or shop or shed etc. of any size whether given on rent or not

1 Owns 3 or more 3
2 Owns 2 or more 2
3 Owns 1 1
4 Does not own any 0

Q 20.Positions held (besides the positions as employee) by any one member in the family

1 Holding position of 3 or more official or non-official
organizations viz. president/chairman/Secretary/
Treasurer etc.
4
2 Holding position of 1-2 official or not-official
organizations viz. president/chairman/Secretary/
Treasurer etc.
3
3 Holding position as member only of executive or
other committees of official or non-offical
organizations.
2
4 Does not hold any such position 1

Q 21. Parental support in the form of non-movable property

1 >50 acres of agricultural land -OR -a house/plot >1000 sq yards -OR -Both 4
2 21-50 acres of agricultural land -OR-a house/plot 501- 1000 sq yards -OR - Both 3
3 1-20 acres of agricultural land -OR -a house /plot 100-500 sq yards -OR-Both 2
4 No agricultural land -BUT - a house/plot 25-100 sq yards 1
5 No parental property 0

Q22. Total amount of income tax paid by the family (include all the earnign members IT)

1 >10 lacs 7
2 1-10 lacs 6
3 >50000 but <1 lac 5
4 >20000 - <50000 4
5 >10000-<20000 3
6 >5000-<10000 2
7 <5000 1
8 Nil 0

TOTAL SCORE OF THIS FAMILY SCORING SYSTEM

Social Status Score
1 Upper High >76
2 High 61-75
3 Upper Middle 46-60
4 Lower Middle 31-45
5 Poor 16-30
6 Very Poor or Below Poverty Line <15
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