Gerald Mollenhorst

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This paper examines the effect of social contexts on similarity in personal relationships. We argue that the effect of social contexts is larger for eaker, and smaller for stronger relationships. Using data from The Survey of the Social Networks of the Dutch (collected in 1999/2000, n= 1007), e first describe where people got to know their acquaintances,(More)
We examine the link between family and personal networks. Using arguments about meeting opportunities, competition and social influence, we hypothesise how the presence of specific types of family members (i.e., a partner, children, parents and siblings) and non-family members (i.e., friends, neighbours and colleagues) in the network mutually affect one(More)
According to the social withdrawal hypothesis, a personal network becomes smaller when a person starts dating, cohabitates and marries. This phenomenon is widely established in the literature. However, these studies were usually done with cross-sectional data. As a consequence, it is still unclear whether or how personal networks actually change after the(More)
This study examines the social networks of prisoners in the period from before to after their incarceration. We use unique panel data on 702 prisoners and their core discussion networks. Our results show that while the size of prisoners’ core discussion network is stable, prisoners have replaced 60% of their core discussion network members after(More)
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