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Sociometric Social Networks

  • By: Rachel A Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Humans are a social species, often having many kinds of relationships with other people. Examples of interpersonal relationships include friends and coworkers. Other social entities, such as organizations, can also be connected to each other. The quantitative study of social relationships is referred to as sociometry. Sociometric social networks, then, refers to the quantitative study of social networks, which may be conducted via social network analysis.

Social network analysis is more than a statistical method: it is a perspective on social living, its antecedents, and its effects. Social network analysis is used to study the pattern of relationships among a set of actors. In social network analysis the structural properties of a network are emphasized as critical concepts and forces shaping the actors within it; consequently, ...

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