Network cohesion and social support

Joel Martí, Mireia Bolíbar, Carlos Lozares

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© 2016 Elsevier B.V. This article analyses the effects of personal network cohesion on different types of social support using two dimensions of cohesion: network closure (defined as a tightly knit set of actors around the ego) and cliquishness (defined as the extent to which an actor is connected with a number of cohesive sub-sets of alters). Data were obtained from a personal networks’ survey conducted in Catalonia (Spain), which was completed by 441 adults and gathered information about exchange of social support in networks made of 30 alters. A multilevel analysis disentangles the effects on support of these two structural dimensions at the network-level from compositional effects at the network and tie-level. The results show that network closure does not play a relevant role in support once confounders at the network and tie levels are controlled for. However, cliquishness has a significant association with labor-related support and housing support, net of statistical controls. Implications of these results in network research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-201
JournalSocial networks
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Cliques
  • Cohesion
  • Density
  • Network effects
  • Personal networks
  • Social support


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