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Analysis of social communication network of families within a mobile home community

August 9, 2017


Year: 1974


Research Problem: Social Interaction networks in Vacation Village Estates mobile home community.
Hypotheses: 1) The greater the length of residence, the greater amount of social interaction
2) The greater the similarity of occupations, the greater the amount of social interaction.
3) The greater the similarity of the religious activity, the greater amount of social interaction.


Method: Analysis involves relevant data from an eleven-item questionnaire obtaining demographic variables and results of fifty-seven participating families’ mutual ratings on an Acquaintance Volume Scale, ranging from 5, “very close friend”, to 1’ “do not know.” Two social interaction constellations were examined: 1) reciprocal choices and 2) high-scoring families and isolates.


Results: Three hypotheses tested measured greater length of residence, greater similarity of occupations, and greater amount of social interaction.” Hypothesis 1, “greater length of residence”, tested with correlation coefficient and F score was retained at .05 level of significance. Remaining hypotheses were rejected, not achieving significance.


Conclusion: Social interaction networks in a small community can be efficiently ascertained by use of the Acquaintance Volume Scale. This scale proved to be a useful instrument for measuring the intensity of relationships as well as their number.



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