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Viviana Amati, Giulia Rivellini, Susanna Zaccarin

Potential and e ffctive support networks of young Italian adults

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Research Paper Series, N. 6, 2013

Potential and effective support networks of young Italian adults

International literature on individual behavior has shown the importance of the network of relationships binding individuals to the people who are close to them in everyday life. Family and other role relations are important sources of emotional and instrumental support, as well as social companionship. For the Italian scenario, the 2003 Generations and Gender Survey o ers some challenges for constructing ego-centered support networks based on reasonable assumptions of the frequency of contacts and residential proximity of respondents with kin, friends and neighbors. Focusing on young Italian adults aged 18-34 years who are single or have a partner, we de ne two kinds of support networks - the potential support ego network and the e ective family network - with the aim of analyzing the e ects of network characteristics (size and composition) on the probability of receiving help. Our ndings show that couples received more support more often than singles. Although singles' potential support networks were more characterized by no family ties than the ones of partners, the availability of a \comprehensive" network or a network not \encapsulated" only in the family increased the probability of receiving help in both groups. Moreover, gender di erences provide evidence of distinct behavior between partners in activating their network for (family) support.

Viviana Amati
Department of Computer and Information Science University of Konstanz, Germany

Giulia Rivellini
Department of Statistical Sciences Catholic University, Italy

Susanna Zaccarin
Department of Economics, Business, Mathematics and Statistics University of Trieste, Italy