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Using Longitudinal Social Network Analysis to Evaluate a Community-Wide Parenting Intervention

Using Longitudinal Social Network Analysis to Evaluate a Community-Wide Parenting Intervention

Author: 
Lisa M. Kleyn
Miles Hewstone
Catherine L. Ward
Ralf Wölfer
Publication Date
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Affiliation: 

University of Cape Town (Kleyn, Ward); University of Oxford (Kleyn, Hewstone, Wölfer); University of Newcastle (Hewstone); Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations - und Migrationsforschung (Wölfer)

"Norms are shared attitudes and behaviors expressing beliefs about the appropriate conduct of individuals; they are strong guides for a range of social behaviors including parenting..."

Violence prevention is a public health priority in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Harnessing naturally occurring social influence processes may extend the reach of traditional parenting skills training programmes that are designed to prevent violence. This paper presents a social norms intervention implemented in a deprived community in South Africa to prevent harsh parenting attitudes and behaviours that negatively impact children's development. The researchers use social network analysis (SNA) to explore how the benefits from the intervention components diffuse through the community.

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Prevention Science 22, 130-43 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01184-6. Image credit: Seven Passes Initiative in Touwsranten

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