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The Social Connectedness module comprises four questions.
The first asks about participation in three types of social activities in the three months prior to the interview:
The second asks about help the respondent might ask for from other people, who don’t live with them, in their day to day lives, including:
The third and fourth questions related to the ability to ask someone, who does not live with them, for particular types of support in a time of crisis as well as the source of support. Support could be in the form of emotional, physical or financial help. Examples of types of support a person might ask for were provided as a guide, including:
Potential sources of support could be family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and various community, government and professional organisations. Respondents were able to identify more than one source of support.
The data items and related output categories for this topic are contained within the SPS Level – Social connect tab in the data item list which is available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads tab of this product.
Data for this topic has been collected to provide further analytical possibilities around the relationship between social connectedness and characteristics of people who experience violence.
Data from this topic should not be used to only produce population estimates of social connectedness statistics. The data should only be used in conjunction with other data related to experiences of violence collected in this survey.
Points to be considered in interpreting this topic include:
COMPARABILITY WITH PREVIOUS SURVEYS
This topic was first introduced in the 2012 PSS. Data is considered comparable between 2012 and 2016.
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