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Maintaining social relationships

Humans are social creatures; they have a fundamental need for social connectedness. Without
a social environment, individuals are unable to develop an identity (Butter, 1997). People
maintain the most frequent and intense contacts with relatives and friends.

It is through daily contacts with relatives, neighbours and friends that individuals are, from their childhood,
familiarised with the ideas, values and norms of the culture and society in which they live.
People are also social creatures out of need. Even if individuals are adequately supported by
qualitatively satisfactory provisions, they are confronted on a daily basis with all kinds of
practical problems or issues that can only be resolved if they possess the necessary knowledge
and skills or are able to acquire them, or by calling on help from others. Other problems may
require emotional or practical support.




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