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GONZALEZ-QUINONES, Juan C  and  RESTREPO-CHAVARRIAGA, Guillermo. The prevalence of happiness in life-cycles and regarding support networks in the Colombian population. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.2, pp.228-238. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Assessing the relationship between happiness and social support networks in Colombia. Methodology A cross-sectional, observational study was carried out on 7,335 people living in an urban area (Bogotá) and a rural area (Ubaté) who had been stratified by age, economic status and last year of schooling. A questionnaire asked about the people's perception of their current mood and how they received support when they had problems. Results Average age was 31; 31 % perceived that they were happy. God provided the greatest support (91 % prevalence), followed by oneself (77 %), a friend (60 %), mother (57 %) and a brother/sister (50 %). The greater the support network, the greater the amount of perceived happiness (66 OR; 5-9 95%CI). Conclusions A strong relationship between happiness and social support networks promotes people's well being.

Keywords : Happiness; health; human development; interpersonal relationship; family relationship.

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