Social Support and Wellbeing Among Older Australians

  • Samuelson Appau
  • Sefa Awaworyi ChurchillEmail author


The authors examine the relationship between social support and subjective wellbeing using data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The chapter focuses on measures of social support that reflect the perception of support a person receives from friends and family. The results suggest that social support enhances wellbeing among older people. This finding is robust to alternative ways of measuring wellbeing including the Mental Health Inventory (MHI-5) scale, life satisfaction, depression and Kessler Psychological Distress (K10) scale.



This chapter uses unit record data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. The HILDA Project was initiated and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and is managed by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (Melbourne Institute). The findings and views reported in this paper, however, are those of the authors and should not be attributed to either DSS or the Melbourne Institute.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics, Finance and MarketingRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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