Contact with friends and family

Why is this important for social statistics?

Family and friends are a source of social support, and give people a sense of belonging. Staying in touch with family and friends who live elsewhere helps maintain social connections, which can contribute to well-being.

This indicator measures the proportion of people aged 15 years and over who said the amount of contact they have with friends and family who don’t live with them is ‘about right’.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Contact with friends and family– tables (Excel, 4 sheets, 26kb)

Includes breakdowns by sex, age group, and ethnic group.

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