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Family comes first, according to survey

Post by Karl Phillips on 15 February 2012 in Family & Finance

Family comes first, according to survey

An overwhelming majority of people say they would turn to their family in times of need rather than friends.

Researchers from the Economic and Social Research Council found that 94 per cent of the people they surveyed would turn to their partner for support if a problem cropped up.

The study, which involved 40,000 households, also highlighted the differences between men and women with regard to the way they approach their relationships. Less than a quarter of the men surveyed said they shared their feelings with another man, compared with 46 per cent of women.

Professor Heather Laurie, director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex said: "Gender differences in perceptions of social support from partners, family and friends appear quite marked."

"Men who have a spouse or partner rely heavily on that person for positive social support while women tend to look more widely to other family members and friends."

Unsurprisingly, the research found that having "positive and strong social support" appeared to be linked to better psychological and physical health.

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