Social Networks of Children, Adolescents, and College Students

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constraints, children and their parents will take advantage of the proximity to others provided by neighborhood and school to build social connections that extend well beyond the ties of kinship into which they were born.


The analyses reported in this chapter were made possible by support from the William T. Grant Foundation. We thankfully acknowledge the following individuals for their contributions to this work: Charles Henderson, Jr., Sara Hunt, Lasse Gunnarsson, Elizabeth Kiely, Mary Larner, Sandy Rightmyer, and the participants in the conference on Social Connections from Crib to College, organized by John Antrobus, Muriel Hammer, and Suzanne Salzinger.

This effort has been associated with a larger research undertaking, the International Group for Comparative Human Ecology. The five countries participating in this working group are Germany, Israel, Sweden, the United States, and Wales. At the time the group was formed the scientific leaders in each country were Rudolf Fisch and Kurt Luscher ( Germany), Sophie KavVenaki and Ron Shouval ( Israel), Bengt-Erik Andersson ( Sweden), Ronald Davie (Wales) and Urie Bronfenbrenner, Moncrieff Cochran, and William Cross ( U.S.A.). These five national research teams have worked cooperatively on concepts, instruments, and research methods.


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