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Ken, et al.,
I would be especially careful about conflating measures of frequency of
contact with other indicators of tie strength.
For 3 reasons:
1) Deductively, the people most people see the most every day --
neighbours, co-workers, schoolmates -- may not be the people they feel
closest to subjectively or get the most support from.
2) Empirically, when Scot Wortley and I checked this out with the 2nd East
York study, we found that frequent contact did NOT correlate, cluster,
etc. with other measures of tie strength: subjective closeness,
3) Empirically, frequent contact predicted to other types of social
support than these other measures of tie strength.
See our "Brothers Keepers," Sociological Perspectives, 1989; and
"Different Strokes from Different Folks" Am J of Soc, 1990.
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