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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.


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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