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Open Access Huishoudens en persoonlijke netwerken

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Households and personal networks

We investigate the association between household arrangements and social network characteristics by using three structural perspectives: social context, time demands, and social support. Evidence from the Survey on the Social Networks of the Dutch 2007/2008 (SSND; N = 950) best supports the social support and time demands perspectives. While persons living in households with a partner and/or with children generally hold fewer and less diverse ties to household externals with whom they discuss important personal matters; those living alone have larger core discussion networks with more different contacts. This suggests that those living alone are not less socially integrated than people who share a household with others.
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Keywords: household arrangements; personal relationships; social integration; social networks

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit Utrecht 2: Universitair docent en onderzoeker verbonden aan de vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit Utrecht / onderzoeker vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit van Stockholm in Zweden 3: Hoogleraar verbonden aan de vakgroep Sociologie van de Universiteit Utrecht

Publication date: April 1, 2014

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