Perception of support

Domain: 
Healthy, safe and inclusive communities
Sub-Domain: 
Personal health and wellbeing
Measure: 
The percentage of respondents who could ask someone who does not live with them for support in a crisis, and what type of support that would be
Rationale: 
1

Informal supports and relationships are integral to social capital, which has strong associations to a community’s capacity to both respond to and recover from disaster (Aldrich, 2010). However, not everyone has someone they can turn to for support. The relationships and networks provided through family and friends can be an important resource for information and other forms of assistance in a crisis. There is some indication that the perceived capacity to access support could be more related to recovery for individuals than whatever support is given (Norris & Kaniasty,1996 cited Hawe, 2009).

Some groups in a community can have less access to support networks, such as: recent immigrants, older people who live alone, new residents and homeless people. The social isolation associated with lack of support networks can make people more vulnerable generally (Morrow, 2008). The more connected a person is, the better resourced they are in terms of short term loans, free housing, child care, emotional support and tangibles such as generators and transport (Aldrich, 2010).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey
References: 
Morrow, B. H. (2008). Community Resilience: a social justice perspective. Community And Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI), Research Report 4.
References: 
Aldrich, D. (2010). “Fixing Recovery: Social Capital in Post-Crisis Resilience”. Journal of Homeland Security: June.
References: 
Hawe, P. (2009). Community Recovery after the February 2009 Victorian bushfires: an evidence check rapid review. Brokered by the Sax Institute (http://www.saxinstitute.org.au) for the Public Health Branch, Victorian Government Department of Health, Melbourne.
Survey Questions: 
18. If you needed to, could you ask someone [who does not live with you] for any of these types of support in a crisis? (tick all that apply); Advice on what to do;Emotional support; Help in maintaining family/work responsibilities; Provide emergency money; Provide emergency accommodation; Provide emergency food; No, couldn’t ask someone for support


Go back