Siblings, Friends, Course-Mates, Club-Mates: How Adolescent Health Behavior Homophily Varies by Race, Class, Gender, and Health Status

Citation

Daw, Jonathan; Margolis, Rachel; & Verdery, Ashton M. (2014). Siblings, Friends, Course-Mates, Club-Mates: How Adolescent Health Behavior Homophily Varies by Race, Class, Gender, and Health Status. Social Science & Medicine.

Abstract

Many unhealthy behaviors develop during adolescence, and these behaviors can have fundamental consequences for health and mortality in adulthood. Social network structure and the degree of homophily in a network affect how health behaviors and innovations are spread. However, the degree of health behavior homophily across different social ties and within subpopulations is unknown. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by using a novel regression model to document the degree of homophily across various relationship types and subpopulations for behaviors of interest that are related to health outcomes. These patterns in health behavior homophily have implications for which behaviors and ties should be the subjects of future research and for predicting how homophily may shape health programs focused on specific subpopulations (gender, race, class, health status) or a specific social context (families, peer groups, classrooms, or school activities).

URL

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614001701

Keyword(s)

Homophily

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science & Medicine

Author(s)

Daw, Jonathan
Margolis, Rachel
Verdery, Ashton M.

Year Published

2014

DOI

10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.02.047

Reference ID

4882