Community >> Social Support >> Trends by Region

Between 2004 and 2011, South Region adults experienced a decline in 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. 

  • In 2011, regions showed no significant differences in social support.
  • In all regions and the County as a whole, adults were more likely to report always having “affectionate” support (love and affection) than always having “tangible” support (helping with chores, or helping out in times of need). See Notes & Sources for more detail.
  • Although a change in sampling methods made it difficult to interpret changes over time, one trend was clear:  social support in South Region declined using both the new (landline phone, mail, and internet response options) and the old (landline phone) techniques.  See Notes & Sources for more detail.