Seeking health advice from social networks in low-income urban neighborhoods

Patricia Cook-Craig, Gretchen Ely, Chris Flaherty, Mark Dignan, Carol R. White

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Objectives: To examine how individuals residing in low-income neighborhoods use their social networks for health advice. Methods: Secondary data analysis of 363 individuals living in low-income neighborhoods was conducted using social network analysis and logistic regression techniques. Results: Findings suggest that residents typically seek health advice from one or 2 friends and family members rather than a health professional. Age and family history of illness increased the likelihood that one would seek support whereas the combination of anxiety and depression decreased advice seeking. Conclusions: Findings support the need for multidisciplinary strategies for disseminating health information through informal social networks. Copyright (c) PNG Publications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-735
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2012


  • Health advice
  • Informal social support
  • Poverty
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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