Psychosocial Intervention Psychosocial Intervention
Psychosocial Intervention 24 (2015) 121-4 - Vol. 24 No.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2015.10.001
Editorial Comment
Network analysis for social and community interventions
Análisis de redes sociales e intervención comunitaria
Isidro Maya-Jariego, , Daniel Holgado
Laboratory of Personal Networks and Communities, University of Sevilla, Spain
Abstract

In recent years social network analysis has been used for research and action in community contexts. Specifically, the social network analysis has been used in program evaluation, participatory governance, the selection of health agents, participatory sociograms and involvement of key players in the intervention. Network analysis is also part of strategies for empowerment, community mediation, community coalitions and dissemination of preventive messages, among others. In this monograph some of these issues are present, with studies of inter-organizational networks to provide services; chains of researchers and professionals in the transference of science into practice; the structure of personal networks in community settings; as well as social support resources. In the introduction to the monograph we reflect on the potential of network analysis in the context of social and community intervention.

Keywords
  • Social network analysis
  • Social and community intervention
  • Inter-organizational networks
  • Coalitions
  • Personal networks
  • Science-practice gap
  • Social support
Resumen

El análisis de redes sociales se ha empezado a utilizar en los últimos años como una metodología de investigación y acción en los contextos comunitarios. Concretamente, el análisis de redes sociales se ha utilizado en la evaluación de programas, la gobernanza participativa, la selección de agentes de salud, los sociogramas participativos y la implicación de personas clave en la intervención. También forma parte de estrategias de empoderamiento, mediación, coaliciones comunitarias y difusión de mensajes preventivos, entre otras. En este monográfico se tratan algunos de dichos temas, con estudios sobre las redes inter-organizativas de prestación de servicios; las cadenas de investigadores y profesionales en la transferencia de la ciencia a la práctica; la estructura de las redes personales en contextos comunitarios; y los recursos de apoyo social. En la introducción del monográfico reflexionamos sobre el potencial del análisis de redes en los contextos de intervención social y comunitaria.

Keywords
  • Análisis de redes sociales
  • Intervención social y comunitaria
  • Redes inter-organizativas
  • Coaliciones
  • Redes personales
  • Brecha ciencia-práctica
  • Apoyo social
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Psychosocial Intervention 24 (2015) 121-4 - Vol. 24 No.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2015.10.001