Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications

Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications

by Thomas W. Valente
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195301013

ISBN-13: 9780195301014

Pub. Date: 03/25/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Relationships and the pattern of relationships have a large and varied influence on both individual and group action. The fundamental distinction of social network analysis research is that relationships are of paramount importance in explaining behavior. Because of this, social network analysis offers many exciting tools and techniques for research and practice in

Overview

Relationships and the pattern of relationships have a large and varied influence on both individual and group action. The fundamental distinction of social network analysis research is that relationships are of paramount importance in explaining behavior. Because of this, social network analysis offers many exciting tools and techniques for research and practice in a wide variety of medical and public health situations including organizational improvements, understanding risk behaviors, coordinating coalitions, and the delivery of health care services.

This book provides an introduction to the major theories, methods, models, and findings of social network analysis research and application. In three sections, it presents a comprehensive overview of the topic; first in a survey of its historical and theoretical foundations, then in practical descriptions of the variety of methods currently in use, and finally in a discussion of its specific applications for behavior change in a public health context. Throughout, the text has been kept clear, concise, and comprehensible, with short mathematical formulas for some key indicators or concepts. Researchers and students alike will find it an invaluable resource for understanding and implementing social network analysis in their own practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195301014
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/25/2010
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,017,156
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

MODELS
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: History
Chapter 3: Methods
Chapter 4: Ego- And Personal-Network Effects

MEASURES
Chapter 5: Centrality
Chapter 6: Groups
Chapter 7: Positions
Chapter 8: Network Level Measures

APPLICATIONS
Chapter 9: Diffusion of Innovations
Chapter 10: P* And Exponential Random Graph Models
Chapter 11: Network Interventions
Chapter 12: Summary

EPILOGUE
Appendix A: Sample Surveys
Appendix A: Sample Surveys
Appendix B: GLOSSARY

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