Special Collection 1 - Article 12 | Pages 373-396

Change and instability: A multilevel analysis of AIDS-related conversational networks among Malawian women

By Alexander A. Weinreb

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Date received:22 Jan 2003
Date published:19 Sep 2003
Word count:6476
Keywords:AIDS/HIV, interaction, Malawi, multilevel, networks
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2003.S1.12
 

Abstract

This article examines changes in network structure using data on conversational networks from the 1998 and 2001 rounds of the Malawi Diffusion and Ideation Change project. The principal aims are to show that network structure can change significantly in relatively short periods - in particular at times of rapid social change - and that multilevel analysis is an effective way to explore these types of changes.
The article demonstrates that: (i) conversations about AIDS are increasingly occurring within all demographic groups in rural Malawi, (ii) AIDS-related conversational networks have diversified, (iii) there is significant village-level variance in characteristics of reported network partners, but it is a minimal source of total variance in such characteristics, and (iv) that there is significant covariance between the estimated residuals associated with key predictors of size of AIDS- related conversational networks.

Author's Affiliation

Alexander A. Weinreb - University of Texas at Austin, United States of America [Email]

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