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Hi Ian,

One of the first studies that used affective and/or role relation criteria
as name generators was the 1966 Detroit Area Study (Laumann 1973). He asked
respondents to name their three "best friends". Wellman's 1979 study asked
about "persons outside your home that you feel closest to".

Laumann EO. Bonds of pluralism: the form and substance of urban social
networks. New York: Wiley, 1973.
Wellman B. The community question: the intimate networks of East Yorkers.
AJS 1979;84:1201-31.


Best
Alex


On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 11:22 AM, Jeanine Finn <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

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> I'm not quite sure if this will be useful, but the General Social Survey
> in the U.S. (currently out of the U of Chicago and funded by the NSF) has
> used questions of this type for decades. http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/
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> The Framingham Heart Study is also considered foundational in the use of
> name generators for personal social network research.
> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2600606/
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> On May 14, 2013, at 5:40 AM, Ian McCulloh <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I need to justify the use of a name generator as a valid social science
> instrument.  I understand this is an odd request.  Can you provide me a few
> foundational papers describing the technique and maybe a couple applied
> papers?  I am not familiar with the origins of the method.  I'm hoping to
> find the paper where name generators were first proposed and a paper or two
> in a highly regarded journal.  Thanks in advance for assistance.
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> Ian McCulloh, PhD
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> On May 14, 2013, at 5:54 AM, Martin Everett <
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> I was recently asked the following and said I was not sure but would
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> Our name generator (part of an online survey with 2,000+ respondents)
> produced an average of about 7 close contacts per respondents (including
> people living with the respondents) and we wonder whether there are any
> recent (or fairly recent) studies reporting the average size of personal
> networks in the UK to compare with. It appears that similar studies in
> other European have produced much larger personal networks and for this
> reason our survey has been criticised for not giving a precise account of
> personal networks in the UK.    ****
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> Our name generator question was: *Please now consider the people (above
> 14 years of age) who are part of your social circle. In order to identify
> them, please consider those people who you have regular contact with,
> and/or who are the most important to you, and/or who you would want help to
> discuss personal matters, and/or who you can trust, and/or those you really
> enjoy socialising with.*
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