Network Dynamism: History and Lessons of the Colorado Springs Study

Martina Morris

in Network Epidemiology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269013
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601330 | DOI:

Series: International Studies in Demography

 Network Dynamism: History and Lessons of the Colorado Springs Study

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This chapter describes the pioneering longitudinal partial network data collected by the Colorado Springs research team in 1990-95 to assess HIV and STD transmission potential in the region. The design was based on an intensive sampling of high-risk places, and included an adaptive sampling component. The survey collected information on the attributes of the respondents and their sexual, injection and close social partners, attributes of the partnerships, geographic network information, behaviors within the partnership, and alter adjacency. Data were collected from about 600 respondents, who in turn nominated over 35,000 partners. The chapter reviews the study design, fieldwork experience and measurement of network characteristics, and concludes by presenting a sampling of findings from studies using the network data.

Keywords: adaptive sampling; alter adjacency; geographic network; HIV; injection network; longitudinal; partial network; sexual network; STD; study design

Chapter.  11506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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