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ERIC Number: EJ869068
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0002-726X
The Social Network Map as an Instrument for Identifying Social Relations in Deaf Research and Practice
Hintermair, Manfred
American Annals of the Deaf, v154 n3 p300-310 2009
Social support has shown itself to be an important factor in many areas in regard to mental health development and conservation. Numerous empirical findings also document its significance in various areas of research into deafness. Questionnaires are only one means of gathering information when we are trying to gain access to the social networks of deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and relatives. The social network map is an approach that provides qualitative access to insights into social relationships and has proven, in conjunction with a qualitative interview, to be a useful tool in allowing a more detailed description and in-depth understanding of the processes of both social support and stress. The special strength of the social network map lies in the combination of visualizing social relationships and reflecting them in an interpersonal dialogue. This article describes how to go about creating a network map and illustrates this with an example of a mother of a multi-handicapped, deaf child. It concludes with a discussion of the opportunities that the use of a social network map offers as well as its potential limitations. (Contains 1 figure and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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