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I am currently working on a project which looks at the friends of
adolescents across different age groups. I came across an article written
by Robert Crosnoe (Social Psych Quarterly 2000) which talked about
friendships and the life course. This has prompted me to do a little more
digging into the SNA literature, particularly how egocentric network
characteristics change with age (especially during adolescence). The SNA
literature on the subject is something that I am not familiar with at this
point. I have come up with a handful of articles by Eder, Hallinan, and
others but am sure there is more research out there. Much of what I have
found is from the late 70's and 80's so I am wondering if I am missing more
recent research on the subject.
Can any of you point me in the right direction? I am hoping to find some
solid references on how the size, density, and other characteristics of
egocentric networks change during adolescence. I am more than happy to
compile any advice offered in an email and post it to the list.
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