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Interesting that you should ask that question. We just published a paper on a
related issue. In our case we wanted to identify peer leaders then create
workgroups and so started with identifying the leaders. Here is the reference,
and abstract, I can email the paper if you'd like:
Valente, T. W., Hoffman, B. R., Ritt-Olson, A., Lichtman, K., & Johnson, C. A.
(2003). The effects of a social network method for group assignment strategies
on peer led tobacco prevention programs in schools. American Journal of Public
Health, 93, 1837-1843.
The Effects of a Social Network Method for Group Assignment Strategies on
Peer Led Tobacco Prevention Programs in Schools
Objective. To test the effectiveness of network methods for identifying opinion
leaders and constructing groups.
Methods. Three conditions (random, teacher, and network) were randomly assigned
to 84 6th grade classrooms within 16 schools. Pre- and post-curriculum data
were collected from 1,961 students on mediators to tobacco use. The network
condition identified peer leaders using student nominations and matched those
leaders to students who nominated them.
Results. Students in the network condition liked the prevention program more
and had improved attitudes (?=-0.06; p<.01), improved self-efficacy (?=-0.10;
p<.001), and decreased intention to smoke (adjusted odds ratio = 0.46, 95% CI =
Conclusions. The network method was the most effective way to structure the
program. Future programs may refine and extend this technique in other settings.
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> Does anybody know a way to divide a group of people into sub-groups
> using a relational approach?
> Assume that you are organizing a Summer School on Network Analysis
> and that you would like to divide the participants in working
> groups. Since this is a Summer School on networks it seems not
> appropriate to form groups on the basis of the attributes of the
> participants. Does anybody know of a relational solution to this
> Prof. Dr. Patrick Kenis
> Department of Organization Studies
> Tilburg University
> PO Box 90153
> 5000 LE Tilburg
> The Netherlands
> Phone +31-13-4663159 or 4662069
> Mobile +32-497-406226
> Fax +31-13-4668068
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Thomas W. Valente, PhD
Director, Master of Public Health Program
Department of Preventive Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Southern California
1000 S. Fremont Ave.
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Alhambra CA 91803
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