Conducting Personal Network Research

by Christopher McCarty (Author), Miranda J. Lubbers (Author), Raffaele Vacca (Author), Jose Luis Molina (Author)

Written at an introductory level, and featuring engaging case examples, this book reviews the theory and practice of personal and egocentric network research. This approach offers powerful tools for capturing the impact of overlapping, changing social relationships and contexts on individuals' attitudes and behavior. The authors provide solid guidance on the formulation of research questions; research design; data collection, including decisions about survey modes and sampling frames; the measurement of network composition and structure, including the use of name generators; and statistical modeling, from basic regression techniques to more advanced multilevel and dynamic models. Ethical issues in personal network research are addressed. User-friendly features include boxes on major published studies, end-of-chapter suggestions for further reading, and an appendix describing the main software programs used in the field.
 

Book details

Publication date
February 22, 2019
Publisher
Collection
Page count
270
ISBN
9781462538430