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Social network analysis has been one of the fastest growing and most influential areas of recent times. Why has this happened? What are the key features of social network analysis?

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Social Support

Social support
LijunSong, JoonmoSon, and NanLin

Social support, a network-based social phenomenon, has become the focus of research attention in the last three decades. As shown by a search of the Social Sciences Citation Index for articles whose topics include “social support,” there were only three such articles in the 1950s and ten in the 1960s. The number rose to 76 in the 1970s. Following this, on average per year, there were 94 such articles in the 1980s, 1,394 in the 1990s, and 2,687 from 2000 to 2008. Social support has attracted burgeoning attention especially in health literature, and the lack of social support is regarded as a potential fundamental cause of disease (Link and Phelan, 1995). In another search of the Social Sciences Citation ...

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