"Preference models in social support networks in Spain"
SOCIOLOGY UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA MÁLAGA, SPAIN
The principal goal of this research is to analyse the typology of social support networks from the perspective of a dependent individual in Spain. More specifically, this research wants to elucidate the preference models of these persons concerning formal and informal social support mechanisms for physical, economic and emotional needs. Second objective is to analyse the conditioning factors for these preferences in order to develop different typologies by gender, age, number of individuals in a household, etc.
This study is based on the "Social Networks II" that was carried out in 2001 by the ISSP. This is the only representative survey at the moment at national level that is available to the public and that offers valuable information about respondents´ social networks.
The presentation will be structured in two parts, namely a descriptive analysis and an explanatory part (estimating a multinomial probit per each type of need). It is not only intended to describe the structure of these models of preference, but also to explain how they are utilised and by which factors they are depended on. The results reflect the importance of the family as the primary support network of choice. Nevertheless, a detailed analysis reveals important additional tints.