Frequently Asked Questions
times there may be some difficulty interpreting a CHART question
response. The following guidelines are provided to assist you in
making decisions regarding which values to assign to apparently
number of each guideline refers to the number of the CHART question.
For those CHART questions which are unlikely to have questionable
interpretation, no specific guidelines have been provided.
you come up with responses that don't seem to be adequately addressed
by the guidelines and conventions listed below, please contact the
CHART designers to discuss your problems and questions. These issues
and their responses will be shared with all CHART users in order
to insure uniform scoring.
1. If a person has a disability that would typically result
in a high level of dependency, and indicates no attendant care is
used, probe this a bit further. The respondent may not understand
that assistance with dressing, grooming, bowel and bladder care,
etc. is to be considered attendant care.
an individual has various hours of assistance on different days
of the week, ask the respondent to give an estimate of the total
hours of assistance per week, then divide that number by 7 to come
up with a daily estimate.
5. The responses to this question may vary according to season,
weather, etc. For example, many people are out daily in the summer,
but only one or two days a week in the winter. Ask the respondent
to use his/her judgment, based on the climate in which he/she lives,
to estimate the average number of days out per week throughout the
year. Being out of the house and going somewhere means that the
person leaves his/her own 'property'. Being out in the garden or
yard does not qualify as 'going somewhere'.
6. Any night spent away from a person's usual sleeping environment
is considered a night away from home. Visiting family or friends
and spending the night at someone else's house, therefore, is a
night away from home.
7. Respondents must be working in jobs for which they are paid
in order to get points for this question.
9. Active homemaking, parenting, housekeeping, etc. is exactly
what it means. Being at home with the children at night with everyone
asleep is not considered 'active' parenting. Helping children with
homework, playing or supervising play, however, are active.
addition, 'active' can imply supervising housework and food preparation.
If someone is developing the household menus, arranging for housework
to be done, or overseeing other individuals performing those activities,
there is active involvement; therefore, count the time spent in
these planning/supervising activities. However, don't credit someone
with doing (for example) eight hours of yard work, if his/her only
'active' involvement was arranging and instructing the work needing
to be done. This 'active' role might, in fact, take an hour, so
credit for 1 hour is appropriate.
10. Hours spent in active home maintenance may vary with season
and with weather. Use same logic employed in "#5" in estimating
15. In Questions #15-#17, remember to count the number of people
contacted, not the actual number of times a person is contacted.
For example, someone may talk with a particular business associate
on a daily basis - that is considered one contact, not five (typical
working days of the week).
worry about getting exact counts of business associates, if a person
indicates "lots" or "dozens" of people are contacted. Remember,
this category allows for a maximum of 10 contacts.
careful that you don't double count people in different categories!
18. Some people may indicate there is not household income from
any source. Probe this, because there must be money from somewhere,
whether it is from a charitable source, government funds, other
family support, or something else.
A dimension score can be calculated only if ALL the questions in
that dimension have been answered. A total CHART SF score can be
calculated only if there is a score for each dimension.