I’d like to share a call for papers for a special issue “Social Ties and Health Outcomes” for the journal “Social Sciences” (ISSN 2076-0760). Authors can submit papers now until April 30th, 2021 at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ socsci/special_issues/Social_ Ties. We are seeking studies on mental or physical health disparities that draw on a social network perspective. Network approaches share the fundamental premise that individual behaviors and outcomes cannot be fully understood without reference to the social context. They use a broad variety of methods and theoretical traditions, including analysis of cohesive subgroups, diffusion, and social support in personal networks. Throughout these disparate approaches, the fundamental insight is that the behaviors of others in the network can have a profound effect on one’s own health, independent of one’s own risk behaviors.
Specific topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
-The connection between network structure and the potential spread of health behaviors and outcomes;
-The effect of network resources and social support on health outcomes;
-The effect of personal network structure and health outcomes;
-The role of cohesive subgroups in normalizing behaviors that increase or reduce the spread of positive or negative health behaviors.
Please note that there is an article processing charge (Social Sciences is an open access journal published by MDPI).
G. Robin Gauthier