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Someone To Talk To

Mario Luis Small


When people are facing difficulties, they often feel the need for a confidant—a person to vent to or talk things through with who will offer sympathy or understanding. How do they decide on whom to rely? In theory, the answer seems obvious: if the matter is personal, they will turn to a spouse, a family member, or someone otherwise close. In practice, what people actually do often belies these expectations. This book follows a group of graduate students as they cope with the stress of their first year in their programs, probing how they choose confidants over the course of their everyday exper ... More

Keywords: confidants, graduate students, social networks, weak ties, connections, stress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190661427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190661427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mario Luis Small, author
Grafstein Family Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University