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Seeking Health Advice From Social Networks in Low-income Urban Neighborhoods

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine how individuals residing in low-income neighborhoods use their social networks for health advice. Methods: Secondary data analysis of 363 individuals living in low-income neighborhoods was conducted using social network analysis and logistic regression techniques. Results: Findings suggest that residents typically seek health advice from one or 2 friends and family members rather than a health professional. Age and family history of illness increased the likelihood that one would seek support whereas the combination of anxiety and depression decreased advice seeking. Conclusions: Findings support the need for multidisciplinary strategies for disseminating health information through informal social networks.

Keywords: HEALTH ADVICE; INFORMAL SOCIAL SUPPORT; POVERTY; SOCIAL NETWORKS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.36.6.1

Affiliations: 1: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Lexington, KY, USA. patty.cook@uky.edu 2: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Lexington, KY, USA 3: Prevention Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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