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Psychol Rep. 2012 Jun;110(3):977-90.

Social support and happiness in immigrant women in Spain.

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  • 1Departamento de Psicología Social, Antropología Social, Trabajo Social y Servicios Sociales Universidad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain.


The association between perceived social support and happiness was investigated in women who are members of various associations in Malaga (Spain) that work with immigrant women. Based on the Social Convoy model, the association between sources of support, frequency of support, satisfaction with support, and happiness reported by women were examined. The main social support predictor of happiness was satisfaction with the support received. Thus, the best predictors of happiness were emotional support from the family and instrumental support from the indigenous population and associations. The best predictor of frequency of support was the frequency of informational support received from social services. These results may prove useful for developing lines of action or interventions centred on the social network and the functions that social support can fulfil among immigrant women.

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