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Social Networks and HealthModels, Methods, and Applications$
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Thomas W. Valente

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195301014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301014.001.0001

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(p.26) 2 History
Social Networks and Health

Thomas W. Valente

Oxford University Press

Chapter two provides a brief introduction to the history of social network analysis research and notes that network research development was delayed in part by an over-emphasis on inferential statistics within the social science community. The chapter then reviews how major behavioral science theories have used social network concepts. The chapter closes with a brief literature review section on the public health and medical applications of network analysis. Studies of HIV/STD, substance use, family planning and contraceptive use, social support, and inter-organizational relations have all figured prominently in the past few decades.

Keywords:   network history, behavior change, health behavior

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