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Social and Sexual Networks: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

Martina Morris

in Network Epidemiology

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269013
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601330 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199269017.003.0010

Series: International Studies in Demography

 Social and Sexual Networks: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

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This chapter describes the design and structure of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), a nationally representative sample of over 90,000 adolescents attending school in the United States. Add Health employs a clustered, school-based sample that allows for the collection of extensive social and romantic network data from students attending the same schools. All students within a school were surveyed, so the within-school friendship networks are complete. The chapter reviews the study design, the fieldwork experience, the measurement of network characteristics, and concludes by presenting a sampling of findings from studies using the network data in Add Health.

Keywords: adolescents; complete network; friendship network; study design

Chapter.  10477 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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