Social networks and risk behaviors in clients accessing a rural health department clinic

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159362
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Presentation
Title:
Social networks and risk behaviors in clients accessing a rural health department clinic
Abstract:
Social networks and risk behaviors in clients accessing a rural health department clinic
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2003
Author:Jadack, Rosemary
Contact Address:Adult Health Nursing, 602 Summit Ave, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, USA
Prevention of health risk behaviors such as smoking, alcohol/drug use, and unprotected sexual activity is considered a key national health promotion objective. Individual interventions have not resulted in an impressive, sustained decline in risk behaviors. Research is needed that considers risk behavior within the social context of individuals. A promising new theoretical approach in the study of risk behavior is social network analysis, which focuses on patterns of behaviors among friends, relatives and acquaintances in social networks. The purpose of this study is to measure risk behaviors and examine social networks of persons accessing a rural western Wisconsin health department clinic. A convenience sample of 100 clients will be interviewed at a rural health department clinic in Western Wisconsin. To date, 45 clients have been interviewed. The sample is currently predominantly female (85%) with a mean age of 24.6 years. Respondents are being surveyed about social network characteristics, types of support provided by members of the network, and risk behaviors (drug/alcohol use, sexual risk behaviors, helmet safety/smoke detectors, and tobacco use). Overall, 71% report current tobacco use, 64.3% have consumed alcoholic beverages in the past week, and only 14% have used condoms consistently. Respondents report an average of 7.0 persons in their social networks. The networks have a mean density of .83 (a measure of connectedness between network members), and a mean multiplexity of 3.2 (a measure of the number of social support types provided by network members). Correlational analyses will be conducted to examine the relationship between self-reported risk behaviors and network characteristics. These results will provide nurses important data that can be used to develop interventions that promote healthier behaviors in individuals and their social networks. AN: MN030330
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSocial networks and risk behaviors in clients accessing a rural health department clinicen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159362-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Social networks and risk behaviors in clients accessing a rural health department clinic </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Jadack, Rosemary</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Adult Health Nursing, 602 Summit Ave, Eau Claire, WI, 54701, USA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Prevention of health risk behaviors such as smoking, alcohol/drug use, and unprotected sexual activity is considered a key national health promotion objective. Individual interventions have not resulted in an impressive, sustained decline in risk behaviors. Research is needed that considers risk behavior within the social context of individuals. A promising new theoretical approach in the study of risk behavior is social network analysis, which focuses on patterns of behaviors among friends, relatives and acquaintances in social networks. The purpose of this study is to measure risk behaviors and examine social networks of persons accessing a rural western Wisconsin health department clinic. A convenience sample of 100 clients will be interviewed at a rural health department clinic in Western Wisconsin. To date, 45 clients have been interviewed. The sample is currently predominantly female (85%) with a mean age of 24.6 years. Respondents are being surveyed about social network characteristics, types of support provided by members of the network, and risk behaviors (drug/alcohol use, sexual risk behaviors, helmet safety/smoke detectors, and tobacco use). Overall, 71% report current tobacco use, 64.3% have consumed alcoholic beverages in the past week, and only 14% have used condoms consistently. Respondents report an average of 7.0 persons in their social networks. The networks have a mean density of .83 (a measure of connectedness between network members), and a mean multiplexity of 3.2 (a measure of the number of social support types provided by network members). Correlational analyses will be conducted to examine the relationship between self-reported risk behaviors and network characteristics. These results will provide nurses important data that can be used to develop interventions that promote healthier behaviors in individuals and their social networks. AN: MN030330 </td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:56:41Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:56:41Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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