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A social network is considered cohesive to the extent that its members are connected to others in the network, and the degree that pairs of its members have multiple social connections within the group that pull the network together (White & Harary, 2001). Veteran status may be significant in developing connections with other veterans but it can also make forming ties with non-veterans difficult. The purpose of this study was to compare veterans and non-veterans on how they form close relationships with other residents in Oxford House (OH). The study utilized a social network instrument developed by Jason, Light, Stevens, and Beers (2013) which measures residents’ theoretically-significant relationships within the house. Participants rated other house residents on friendship. Friendships rated as a close friendships were kept in the analysis. House level cohesion was determined by average house degree. Whole network subgraphs were generated depicting the social networks of veterans and non-veterans in the house. The implications for OH compositions are discussed.
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Doctoral-Undergraduate Opportunity for Scholarship (DUOS)