Social Group Characteristics and Health Behavior

  • Reed Geertsen

Abstract

How does the organization of social relationships affect human responses to potentially disruptive situations like illness or the possibility of illness? After several decades of speculation and research, much has been learned, although most of what we know in this area continues to be challenged and reinterpreted through ongoing research. In the field of sociology, these challenges have taken several different directions. New and more sophisticated methodologies continue to be applied to earlier data sets in an effort to substantiate, refute, or modify previous research findings. Once-popular theories and modes of explanation like systems theory and functionalism have given way to alternative approaches like network theory. Replications of research using diverse population groups have helped to clarify and, in many cases, correct previous conclusions of how key variables combine to influence behavior.

Keywords

Social Network Network Member Cultural Orientation Network Advice Medical Orientation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reed Geertsen
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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