Who are the important people in the lives of people who are single? Studies of social support rarely address that question. There are many more general studies of social support, addressing questions such as: To whom do people turn when they need help? Who do they see as potentially available to them, whether they actually seek support from them or not? How satisfied are they with the support they do receive? Is social support really supportive of better health and well-being? Is it just as important to give as to receive social support? Perhaps especially important to the understanding of singles is the question of the depth and breadth of social support. Are single people less likely than married people to rely primarily on just one other person? If so, what are the implications for health and well-being across the lifespan? (See also the section on old age.) These kinds of questions have rarely been addressed.
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