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Patterns of Sociability and Perception of Informal Social Support in Croatia
This paper provides insight into the nature of social ties and perceptions of sources of informal social support in Croatia with regard to socio-demographic characteristics of respondents. The source of data was the European Quality of Life Survey, which was carried out in Croatia by the UNDP Croatia. The analysis was conducted on a sample of 8114 adult respondents. Linear regression was used for the analysis of factors contributing to the frequency of contacts, while χ2-test was used for analysing perceptions of sources of informal social support. The results showed frequent social interactions within the secondary sphere of sociability, while the family is perceived as the primary source of informal social support. Gender, age, marriage or cohabitation, household size, settlement size and the income size have appeared as the most significant predictors of the incidence of contacts within the secondary sphere of sociability. Furthermore, while practical support is primarily based on the family, in the need for emotional and financial support, respondents are going to turn to family and friends as well. In the case of need for emotional support, neighbours are also perceived as important sources of support. While in the need for financial support, individuals most often perceived that they had no one to turn to.
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