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Stadler, Christian and Strobel, Maria and Spörrle, Matthias (2008): Networks in Nigeria: A pilot study on network characteristics and their relation with life satisfaction in a Nigerian sample. International Congress of Psychology, 20. - 25. July 2008, Berlin, Germany.
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Abstract

Social relationships are a central determinant of life satisfaction. The collectivity of individual social relationships form a social network. This study examines such networks in a Nigerian sample (N = 108). Network size, proportions of positive and negative relationships within those networks, and structural characteristics (e.g., network centrality) were assessed. Furthermore, network characteristics were examined concerning their association with life satisfaction. Results indicate differential relations of network characteristics with life satisfaction. Results are discussed in terms of (1) cross-cultural assessment of network characteristics, (2) life satisfaction as related to social structural characteristics, and (3) differential associations between network types and different aspects of life satisfaction.