Conducting Personal Network Research
A Practical Guide
Christopher McCarty, Miranda J. Lubbers, Raffaele Vacca, and José Luis Molina
A Paperback Originale-bookprint + e-book
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April 1, 2019
Size: 7" x 10"
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Read the Series Editor's Note by Todd D. Little
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.
This title is part of the Methodology in the Social Sciences Series, edited by Todd D. Little, PhD.