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Chapter 9 - Chapter 9 Social Networks and Social Support...

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Chapter 9 Social Networks and Social Support Social integration: existence of social ties Social network: web of social relationships that surround individuals o Linkages between people that may or may not provide social support and that may serve functions other than providing support Social support is one of the important functions of social relationships Social capital: certain resources and norms that arise from social networks Dyadic characteristics: characteristics of specific relationships between the focal individual and other people in the network o Structure of social networks can be described in terms of dyadic characteristics and characteristics of the network as a whole o Examples of dyadic characteristics: extent to which resources are given and taken in a relationship, extent of closeness in a relationship o Examples of whole network characteristics: similarity of age, race, socioeconomic status demographics Structural Characteristics of Social Networks o Reciprocity: extent to which resources and support are both given and received o Intensity or strength: extent to which social relationships offer emotional closeness o Complexity: extent to which social relationships serve many functions o Formality: extent to which social relationships exist in organizational/institutional roles o
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