The author draws on both social and psychological research to apply network thinking to the social relations of youth across the domains of school work and society network thinking examines the pattern and nature of social ties and analyses how networks channel information influence and support with effects on a wide range of life experiences. Abstract although violent offending and victimization share many features they can affect adolescent social relationships in distinct ways to understand these differences we take a network approach to examine the mechanisms responsible for similarities ie homophily in violent offending and violent victimization among friends. The study panel that produced the 1993 national research council nrc report losing generations concluded that communities and institutions that surround adolescents which include families neighborhoods schools health systems and employment and training centers are increasingly challenged by changing social and economic conditions within the larger society national research council 1993. Although social networking sites have provided notable structural changes to adolescents social relations adolescents and young adults stated motivations for using snss are quite similar to more traditional forms of communication to stay in touch with friends make plans and get to know people better lenart madden 2007 pempek . This thoroughly revised new edition looks at the nature of social networks their changing configurations and the forces of influence they unleash in shaping the life experiences of young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years the author draws on both social and psychological research to apply network thinking to the social relations of youth across the domains of school work and society
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