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From: Diana Jones [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 18 April 2006 3:20 p.m.
To: patrick rose
Subject: RE: On Sociograms.


Hello Patrick,

one reference is from the originator of sociograms, J L Moreno's use of
sociograms in "Who Shall survive", ASGPP royal Publishing Company, Roanoke,
Virginia, 1993, isbn: 0-931571-14-6.

His study in the Hudson School for Girls in reducing runaways is a fantastic
record of sna in action.  IN this project Moreno asked girls who they wanted
to sit by at meal times, then mapped the responses. The School leaders then
encouraged the girls to sit in these configurations, and runaways reduced
dramatically. In Who shall survive, Moreno (P. 180-181) writes of the
psychod social dynamics of subversive networks, ( drugs, sex, anarchy), and
usually these are private networks, so your information is likely to be
invaluable. Your study is taking you into psycho-social dynamics of
networks, which is the case with the application of sna in live communities,
and this may not be of interest to your reviewers.

My questions with to you are:
What has been the question you have asked, or the criteria you used to get
the relationship information for the sociograms?

What are the sociograms displaying to you? What do you notice? What are the
trends/patterns of relationships you see in connection to kids drug
behaviour, and what are the patters you see with those not linked to taking
drugs? If there are no apparent patterns, what do you surmise from that?

What do you know about the central kids (the sociometric stars) on the
question/critieria you have researched? What is their sociometric status of
centrality generated by? Is it that they are suppliers? users? non-users?
And how does this relate to the centrality or betweeness scores of the key
players?

regards, Diana Jones, TEP, Sociometrist

The Organisation Development Company
www.orgdev.co.nz
+64 4 499 5559

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From: patrick rose [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 14 April 2006 4:09 p.m.
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Subject: On Sociograms.


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Dear all,



I have been examining a network (over time) of high school kids on their
drug behaviors.



One of the reviewers has serious doubts on the usefulness of sociograms
included in my paper. S/he argues that the sociograms included did not add
any information other than the central position of a few kids and the
connectivity of the remaining kids to those central kids and that all the
information should be revealed by other statistics (such as those from
cross-tabs and univariate/bivariate analysis).



I included several attributes of kids (their sex, grade, etc.) and the
strengths of connections in the sociograms but having difficulty responding
to his/her criticisms.



My questions:

1) How can I respond to his/her criticisms?

2) Whar are some general purposes of sociograms and any references that I
can take a look at and/or cite.



Any suggestions or advice would be really appreciated.



Thanks a million in advance,

Pat


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