The Network Perspective in Measurement and Analysis of Social Support
Giulia Rivellini (Catholic University, Italy) & Susanna Zaccarin (University of Trieste, Italy)
Social support is defined as helpful functions performed for an individual by significant others such us family members, friends, coworkers, relatives and neighbors. It seems to be characterized by two basic elements: a) the perception that there is a sufficient number of available others to whom one can turn in times of need and b) a degree of satisfaction with the available support. It can appear in different types as emotional, instrumental support and companionship; it is changing along the life course of individuals and it represents a resilience (anti-frailty) tool in hard situations, such as the current situation of pressure, uncertainty and overload caused by the global economic crisis. In order to study the effect of social support on individual behaviors it is useful and promising to define and measure social support personal networks, starting from general surveys, not necessarily projected for doing network analysis.
This session welcomes papers addressing issues regarding methods to construct social support network(s) and its effect on subjective well-being, individual health, ageing, and those behaviors connected with family formation.
Submissions based on cross-sectional comparative survey data such as International Social Survey Program, Generations and Gender Survey, European Quality of Life Survey are particularly encouraged.
Included topics can be: social support network data collection, advanced issues regarding egocentered network measurement employing general social survey, quantitative approaches for measuring social support, statistical models for egocentered networks, visualization of social support networks.