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Adults in fair or poor health reported lower levels of social support than those in excellent, very good, or good health.  

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 in fair or poor health received less social support than those in excellent, very good, or good health.
  • Social support did not differ by veteran status.