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Subst Use Misuse. 2004;39(10-12):1685-712.

Using social networks to understand and prevent substance use: a transdisciplinary perspective.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, California 91803, USA. tvalente@usc.edu

Abstract

We review findings from research on smoking, alcohol, and other drug use, which show that the network approaCh is instructive for understanding social influences on substance use. A hypothetical network is used throughout to illustrate different network findings and provide a short glossary of terms. We then describe how network analysis can be used to design more effective prevention programs and to monitor and evaluate these programs. The article closes with a discussion of the inherent transdisciplinarity of social network analysis.

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