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Title: Studying youth transitions through a social network : first impressions
Authors : Eicher, Véronique
Bakouri, Mouna
Staerklé, Christian
Carvalhosa Barbosa, Marlene
Clémence, Alain
Published in : Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course
Pages : 203
Pages to: 221
Editors of the parent work: Joye, Dominique
Oris, Michel
Ernst-Staehli, Michèle
Roberts, Caroline
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
Issue Date: 2016
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC 3.0: Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 3.0 Unported
Series : Life Course Research and Social Policies
Series volume: 3
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 302: Social interaction
305: Social groups
Abstract: In this chapter we present an online social network created for the study of life transitions of young adults. We first give a brief overview of the overall goals of the study and outline two research questions to be studied with the online social network. We then present the rationale for using and developing our own network. Next, we describe the online social network: the concrete steps of creating the network, its functions and characteristics, and first results based on a sample of 365 young adults. These first findings reveal that the social network has so far not worked as intended: Participants are reluctant to use the network and more effort is required in motivating them to actively use it. We discuss possible reasons for the serious difficulties in attracting participants to engage with the network and relate the problems faced during the development and maintenance of the network. Finally, we outline alternative possibilities of using online social networks in future research.
Departement: Soziale Arbeit
Organisational Unit: Centre for Social Work Studies (ZLSA)
Publication type: Book Part
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-24157-9_9
ISBN: 978-3-319-24157-9
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