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The Exploratory study about the patterns of interpersonal networks use : Some differences of using interpersonal networks from the combinations of the kind of resource and the degree of intimacy

  • NOZAKI Mizuki
    Graduate School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University

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  • 対人ネットワークの利用パターンについての探索的研究 : 資源の種類と親しさの程度からみた利用パターン
  • タイジン ネットワーク ノ リヨウ パターン ニ ツイテ ノ タンサクテキ ケンキュウ シゲン ノ シュルイ ト シタシサ ノ テイド カラ ミタ リヨウ パターン

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This study presents intimate relationships of undergraduate students within interpersonal networks. It analyzed resource acquisition performed between individuals in the network from the point of view of each centric individual. The description of intimate interpersonal networks used Psychological Distance Map (PDM), and the patterns of resource acquisition prescribed by the psychological distance between an individual and other, which show how the degree of intimacy were classified. Also the structural types of networks, which were determined by the intimacy range and the number of network members, and its relationship with the pattern of resource acquisition prescribed by the degree of intimacy were examined. Results showed that there are four patterns of acquisitions extracted from the combinations of mainly two cases one is the acquisition of resources from more intimate individuals, and another is the acquisition from individuals of moderate-degree of intimacy. And the relationships with the structural types of networks showed some correlation with some acquisition type of resource. This suggests that the structural types of networks have different meaning in every pattern of interpersonal networks use.


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