Social Networks

Networks consist of social relationships (also known as social ties), which affect mental and physical health and behavior and mortality risks. It is well documented that social networks can influence the adoption and maintenance of risky behavior, such as binge drinking or IV drug use. To better understand the power of social networks, this lesson explores the following topics:

  • Abstinence-Specific Social Support
  • Multiple Group Membership
  • Multiple Dimensional
  • Personal vs. Whole Networks
  • Beneficial Characteristics
  • Health Benefits of Social Networks