Adults at the highest income and education levels also reported the highest levels of social support.
The term social support refers to the physical and emotional comfort, and the practical resources, that we receive from family, friends, co-workers, and others. Having someone to count on can buffer the effects of stressful life events.
King County adults were asked 9 questions about how often they got specific types of social support. Responses ranged from 1 (“none of the time”) to 5 (“all of the time”). Answers to the 9 questions were added to create a social support score with a possible range from 9 to 45. The King County average score was 38.5.
- Adults with incomes at or above $75,000 reported higher levels of social support than those at the bottom of the income scale.
- College graduates reported more social support than adults with a high school education or less.
- Adults who were retired, employed, or unemployed did not differ in social support, but those who were unable to work felt they had less support.