In the first study I looked at, “Comparing acceptance and rejection in the classroom interaction of students who stutter and their peers: A social network analysis.” They looked at students in Belgium who stuttered compared to students who did not stutter, they wanted to see if stuttering caused problems in school with regards to friendships. Since stuttering is often times looked at as an obstacle and can cause self esteem issues, they wanted to look at interactions with students who stuttered with students who did not stutter. They had twenty-two students who stuttered and 403 students who did not stutter and that was their sample. In order to get the results, they did a survey; it contained questions such as, acceptance of classmates, and rejection of classmates. In the study each student could pick an unlimited amount of friends. They found that SNA was important in this study because SNA looks at the connections they had in the classroom. They found that students who stuttered still had positive connections in the classroom and it did not negatively affect them.
In the second study I looked at, “A social network analysis approach to alcohol use and co-occurring addictive behavior in young adults.” They looked at college students and their social networks to determine if their close friends and family contributed to their addictive behavior. There were a total of 281 students who were looked at and each of their 30 closest friends and family members (alters) were looked at also. They were given a questionnaire about drinking use and they were scored as non-drinkers, light drinkers, and risk drinkers. They found that at risk drinkers had about 66% of alters in their social networks that also drank alcohol, and non drinkers had about 17% of alters in their social networks who drank. This shows that SNA is important when looking at our relationships between others because we usually associate with people who are similar to us.
Adriaensens, S., Waes, S. V., & Struyf, E. (2017). Comparing acceptance and rejection in the classroom interaction of students who stutter and their peers: A social network analysis. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 52, 13-24. doi:10.1016/j.jfludis.2017.02.002
Meisel, M. K., Clifton, A. D., Mackillop, J., & Goodie, A. S. (2015). A social network analysis approach to alcohol use and co-occurring addictive behavior in young adults. Addictive Behaviors, 51, 72-79. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.07.009