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Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications

Thomas W. Valente

Abstract

Social Networks and Health provides a comprehensive introduction to how social networks influence health behaviors. Section one provides an introduction to major research themes and perspectives used to understand how networks form, evolve, and channel the spread of ideas and behaviors. An intellectual history of the field is provided as well as conjectures on why network science took so long to develop. Methodologies for studying networks and assessing personal network data are discussed. Section two covers algorithms and applications of the most common network metrics divided into four chap ... More

Keywords: social networks, health behavior, public health, mathematical models, behavior change, network applications

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301014.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas W. Valente, author
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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