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*Call for Papers*

*Special Issue: Social Networks, Health, and Mental Health*

Guest Editors: Andrew V. Papachristos, PhD and Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD

Social scientists have long observed that the social environment and 
inter-personal relationships exert substantive influences on health and 
health-related behaviors. In particular, the past decade has seen a 
growing interest in the how social networks influence health behaviors 
including: smoking, obesity, suicide, interpersonal violence, drug use, 
and communicable diseases and pathogens.For this Special Issue, /Social 
Science & Medicine/ will assemble a collection of empirical, conceptual, 
and systematic review articles that will make novel contributions to 
advancing social science inquiry into how social networks affect health 
and mental health. We are most interested in work that conceptualizes 
social networks as ties that cut across traditional, "a priori" bounds 
such as kinship, geographic, or class constraints or expectations. The 
overall issue is intended to be inter- and multidisciplinary in scope, 
involving varied disciplines such as anthropology, development studies, 
economics, political science, public health, and/or sociology.

For this Special Issue, /Social Science & Medicine/ encourages empirical 
(quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods), conceptual, or systematic 
review papers on any topic related to social networks and health. Of 
particular interest are papers that

·Analyze specific mechanisms through which social networks may affect 
health or mental health, including social support, social influence, 
social engagement, contagion, and access to material goods and resources;

·Examine specific pathways proximate to health outcomes, including 
health-related behaviors, cognitive and emotional states, and 
physiologic stress responses; and

·Employ experimental or quasi-experimental designs to estimate the 
effects of interventions on social network structures or collateral 
health outcomes, or study designs that incorporate social network 
information into the interventions themselves.

In keeping with the international scope of /Social Science & Medicine/, 
we highly encourage manuscripts based on data collected in non-Western 
settings. Priority will also be given to manuscripts that address 
health-related issues of concern to vulnerable populations.

Please contact the Guest Editors, Andrew V. Papachristos, PhD 
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or 
Alexander C. Tsai, MD, PhD ([log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), for any queries regarding this Special 
Issue. Authors who feel their work addresses the above aims should 
submit their full manuscripts for consideration to /Social Science & 
Medicine/ at by 30 April 2013. When asked to 
choose article type, authors should choose Submit New Article and select 
the appropriate Special Issue title from the drop down Article Type 
menu.  For further help with this submission step, please visit our 
online support site: 
All submissions should meet Social Science & Medicine author guidelines 
criteria, available to view at:

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