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dc.contributor.authorMeisel, Matthew Kirwin
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:59:32Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:59:32Z
dc.date.issued2012-12
dc.identifier.othermeisel_matthew_k_201212_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/meisel_matthew_k_201212_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/28559
dc.description.abstractIndividuals who are friends with others who participate in substance use are at a higher risk of engaging in similar behaviors. Two studies investigated the compositional and structural aspects of gamblers’ social networks. Study 1 recruited gamblers from the community, whereas Study 2 recruited college student gamblers. The current studies utilized an egocentric social network design in which the participant enumerated the closest people in his life, and the relationship among the people named. Pathological gamblers (PGs) had more gamblers and gambling “buddies” in their networks compared to nonpathological gamblers (NPGs). Furthermore, both studies found homophily in gamblers’ networks, although there were differences in network density, such that college PGs’ networks were significantly denser than NPG’s networks, but there were no differences in the community sample. This suggests that college PGs form dense networks that reinforce their own gambling behavior but that over time, these networks dissolve.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSocial network analysis
dc.subjectPathological Gambling
dc.subjectEgocentric
dc.subjectNetwork structure
dc.subjectNetwork composition
dc.titleThe compositional and structural characteristics of gamblers' social networks
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentPsychology
dc.description.majorPsychology
dc.description.advisorAdam Goodie
dc.description.committeeAdam Goodie
dc.description.committeeJames MacKillop
dc.description.committeeW. Keith Campbell


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