ERIC Number: ED232111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Social Support Networks: A Critical Review of Models and Findings. Institute of Family Studies Monograph No. 1.
This document explores the field of social network theory (with particular emphasis given to Australian research literature) by identifying and evaluating the major explanatory models in use--which have origins in such diverse disciplines as anthropology, sociology, social psychology, and social psychiatry--and by summarizing important findings; it also presents a theoretical critique of the social network perspective as applied to the study of social support. The chapters in part 1 deal with: (1) the reasons behind the growth of the social network perspective; (2) the effects of particular kinds of network structure on personal wellbeing; (3) the effects of such social factors as income and values on social network structure; and (4) the available literature on service delivery through "natural networks" and "network therapy." Part 2 deals with the methodological issues involved in research on support networks. It provides a discussion of the problems involved in collecting and analyzing support network data and a review of solutions that have been proposed to deal with these problems. The document contains an appendix, in a checklist format, which classifies social network literature according to the kinds of empirical, theoretical, or methodological information it contains. (WAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Authoring Institution: N/A