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Publication type: Book part
Type of review: Editorial review
Title: Studying youth transitions through a social network : first impressions
Authors: Eicher, Véronique
Bakouri, Mouna
Staerklé, Christian
Carvalhosa Barbosa, Marlene
Clémence, Alain
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-3835
Published in: Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course
Editors of the parent work: Joye, Dominique
Oris, Michel
Ernst-Staehli, Michèle
Roberts, Caroline
Pages: 203
Pages to: 221
Issue Date: 2016
Series: Life Course Research and Social Policies
Series volume: 3
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
ISBN: 978-3-319-24157-9
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.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY-NC 3.0: Attribution - Non commercial 3.0 Unported
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Centre for Social Work Studies (ZLSA)
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