2017-12-13Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2017-131
Social support as a health resource in Germany
Social support is a psychosocial resource that results from social ties and networks. It has a significant impact on health and can improve mental well-being, reduce stress and mitigate the impact of unfavourable living conditions. The GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS survey undertaken by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is used to examine the extent and distribution of perceived social support among the adult population in Germany (n=23,617). The results show that both women and men largely feel supported by the people they are close to and their neighbours. However, perceived social support is not distributed equally across the population: the elderly, people with low levels of education and the unemployed report relatively frequently that they receive low levels of social support. As such, the sections of the population that are more frequently affected by health problems are also less likely to be able to rely on social support.