The school class as a social network and contextual effects on childhood and adult health: Findings from the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s Cohort study
2011 (English)In: Social Networks, ISSN 0378-8733, Vol. 33, no 4, 281-291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Little is known about the health consequences of the school class as a social network. The present study asked whether overall school-class structure has contextual effects on psychiatric problems in childhood and adult self-rated health. From longitudinal data on a Scottish cohort, measures of school-class structure (centralisation, degree of reciprocity and proportion of isolates) were constructed based on sociometric information. Multilevel analysis demonstrated significant effects of centralisation on both health outcomes. It is suggested that highly centralised classes are characterised by inequality, resulting in a low level of integration, with subsequent negative consequences for health.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 33, no 4, 281-291 p.
Social networks, School class, Sociometry, Life course, Birth cohort, Health
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55627DOI: 10.1016/j.socnet.2011.08.004ISI: 000298122200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-55627DiVA: diva2:405702