Gender homophily and gender distribution in social networks: The case of older adults in long term care settings

Maayan Levinson*, Liat Ayalon, Yuval Benjamini

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Abstract

Distinctiveness theory suggests that numeric rarity is correlated with stronger homophily. In this paper, we examine this theory by studying gender homophily in social networks of older adults. We document subjective social networks in multiple long term care settings for older adults over several time points. Homophily for each gender is estimated using exponential random graph models. We find evidence for positive homophily across all networks, and show that it is correlated to the magnitude of the female majority or male minority. Our findings empirically verify distinctiveness theory and could improve interventions to promote tie formation in social networks.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)70-79
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Networks
Volume71
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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Keywords

  • ERGM
  • Gender
  • Homophily
  • Long term care settings
  • Social networks

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