Social Capital: Adolescents’ Egocentric Network Membership and its Impact on Social Activity

The presenters share the results of a cross-sectional study examining the structural characteristics of egocentric networks of adolescents with moderate to severe disabilities (n = 18) across two high schools and how those networks impact informal and formal social activity. The data is part of a larger study examining differences in network characteristics for adolescents with and without disabilities (n = 398) across academic tracks. 1. Understand and define whole network and egocentric network analyses and why egocentric techniques may be more relevant when studying adolescents, and in particular adolescents with moderate to severe disabilities, than whole network analysis. 2. Understand and identify structural ego network characteristics (size, density, effective size) and how these measures are calculated. 3. Understand the results of a cross-sectional study examining the structural ego network characteristics of 18 adolescents with moderate to severe disabilities across two high schools. 4. Identify the impact academic tracking has on structural ego network characteristics of students with moderate to severe disabilities and how those characteristics impact informal and formal social activity (i.e., hanging out with friends at home or at school). 5. Identify implications on academic tracking, extra-curricular programming, and supports for inclusive education.

Kim Fisher, Karrie Shogren