Relational Resources of Individuals Living in Couple: Evidence from an Italian Survey

Viviana Amati, Silvia Meggiolaro, Giulia Rivellini*, Susanna Zaccarin

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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The need for support becomes stronger in situations of pressure, uncertainty and overload caused by unfavorable economic, demographic or social circumstances. Especially in countries—such as Italy—where an adequate welfare system is lacking, the individual’s social space can represent a resilience (anti-frailty) tool through the activation of a support network. While the literature has mainly analyzed the support that some vulnerable categories (e.g., elderly and youths) receive from their family, we focus on individuals living in Italy in the first stages of their family life, with the aim of describing their support network. We construct the potential support ego-centered (PSE) network—at partner and couple level—of individuals living in couple using data from the survey “Family and Social Subjects” carried out in Italy in 2009 by the Italian National Statistical Institute. Furthermore, we compare the network typologies detected using two alternative clustering techniques with the objective of finding the partners’ and couples’ network types and verifying whether traditional strong support received by the family persists in Italy and/or whether new kinds of support networks are emerging. Several PSE network typologies, ranging from empty to comprehensive networks, were determined with a fair match between the two procedures. Analysis revealed the importance of friends and neighbors, especially in the North of Italy, to the support of partners and couple as a whole.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-44
Numero di pagine44
RivistaSocial Indicators Research
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016


  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clustering techniques
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Ego-centered support network
  • Italian couples
  • Potential support ego-centered network typologies
  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Social support
  • Sociology and Political Science


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