Lux Humana – Book of the Week 48 / 2013 : Social networks and health














Thomas W. Valente: Social networks and health : models, methods, and applications ; (2010)


Publisher’s description:

“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 chapters: centrality, groups, positions, and network level. For each chapter, descriptions of how the metrics are calculated and how they influence health behavior are presented. Section three reviews applications of social network analysis to health behaviors. The actor-oriented stochastic evolution model is presented first which provides a way to statistically test network evolution properties. Diffusion of innovations models are presented next which describe how networks influence the spread of ideas and practices within and between communities. Network interventions are also presented and a typology describing network interventions and evidence from empirical studies presented. This book enables researchers to understand how network data are collected and processed; and how to calculate appropriate metrics and models used to understand network influences on health behavior. Simple examples and data are presented throughout so researchers can adopt this methodology and perspective in their own investigations. Examples of health behaviors include smoking, substance use, contraception, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and many others.”


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Exploring Links to Improve Health
Jimi Adams
Science. 17 December 2010 : Vol. 330, no. 6011, pp. 1628-1629

Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications. Thomas W. Valente ; [Book Review]
Stephanie Von Hinke Kessler Scholder
Int. J. Epidemiol. (2011),  40 (6) : 1742-1743

Book Review: Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications
Ji-Young An
Healthc Inform Res. 2012 December; 18(4): 287–289

Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications ; [Book Review]
Christopher Steven Marcum
Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. March 2011, vol. 40, no. 2, 235-236

Social Networks and Health: Models, Methods, and Applications. By Thomas W. Valente ; [Book Review]
David D. Celentano
Am. J. Epidemiol. (2010), 172 (4): 488.

Articles written by Thomas W. Valente:

A Network Assessment of Community-Based Participatory Research: Linking Communities and Universities to Reduce Cancer Disparities.
Thomas W. Valente, Kayo Fujimoto, Paula Palmer, and Sora Park Tanjasiri.
American Journal of Public Health. Jul2010, Vol. 100, Issue 7, p1319-1325

The impact of social networks on knowledge transfer in long-term care facilities: Protocol for a study
Anne E Sales, Carole A Estabrooks and Thomas W Valente
Implementation Science. 2010, 5:49

Place-based social network quality and correlates of substance use among urban adolescents
Michael J. Mason, Thomas W. Valente, J. Douglas Coatsworth, Jeremy Mennis, Frank Lawrence, Patricia Zelenak
Journal of Adolescence. Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2010, Pages 419–427

Bridging: Locating critical connectors in a network
Thomas W. Valente, Kayo Fujimoto
Social Networks. Volume 32, Issue 3, July 2010, Pages 212–220

Social Network Status and Depression Among Adolescents: An Examination of Social Network Influences and Depressive Symptoms in a Chinese Sample.
Okamoto, Janet ; Johnson, C. Anderson ; Leventhal, Adam ; Milam, Joel ; Pentz, Mary Ann ; Schwartz, David ; Valente, Thomas W.
Research in Human Development; Jan-Mar2011, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p67-88

Social network influences of alcohol and marijuana cognitive associations
Kathryn Coronges, Alan W. Stacy, Thomas W. Valente
Addictive Behaviors. Volume 36, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 1305–1308

Network Interventions
Thomas W. Valente
Science (2012), vol. 337, p. 49-53

The effects of social networks on tobacco use among high-school adolescents in Mexico
Guadalupe Ramírez-Ortiz; Ramiro Caballero-Hoyos; Guadalupe Ramírez-López; Thomas W Valente
Salud Publica Mex. 2012 Jul-Aug ; 54 (4) :433-41.

Social network influences on adolescent substance use: Disentangling structural equivalence from cohesion
Kayo Fujimoto, Thomas W. Valente
Social Science & Medicine. Volume 74, Issue 12, June 2012, Pages 1952–1960

Social integration in friendship networks: The synergy of network structure and peer influence in relation to cigarette smoking among high risk adolescents
Cynthia M. Lakon, Thomas W. Valente
Social Science & Medicine. Volume 74, Issue 9, May 2012, Pages 1407–1417

A Network Method of Measuring Affiliation-Based Peer Influence: Assessing the Influences of Teammates’ Smoking on Adolescent Smoking
Kayo Fujimoto, Jennifer B. Unger, Thomas W. Valente
Child Development. Volume 83, Issue 2. pages 442–451, March/April 2012

Social network diagnostics: a tool for monitoring group interventions
Sabina B Gesell, Shari L Barkin and Thomas W Valente
Implementation Science. 2013, 8 : 116








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