Structure of Chicago neighborhoods: How race, class, and geography influence sexual tie formation in YMSM
In order to understand the role of these important social contextual attributes in the formation of sexual relationships, this analysis will focus on examining bipartite sexual connections between the 77 Chicago community areas. Specifically, the sexual connections of YMSM between community areas will be described and the social contextual factors leading to increased sexual tie formation will be examined. Data come from a network of 3,140 individuals captured through 175 social network interviews with Chicago YMSM. Results indicate that sexual ties are significantly influenced by racial preferences (in particular, a dis-preference for predominantly Black neighborhoods) (p < 0.001), geographic distance (p = 0.001), and a preference for ties to neighborhoods with similar income (p < 0.001). These results suggest several mechanisms for how social contextual factors may impact the sexual network structure of individuals and their communities, and therefore affect the flow of disease through a population.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Analyze how social contextual factors may impact the sexual network structure of YMSM and their neighborhoods
Keyword(s): Network Analysis
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Principal Investigator a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded project to understand the role of sex, drug, and social relationships in HIV transmission within young men who have sex with men (YMSM). Additionally, I am the Principal Investigator of the ninth wave of Project Q2, which is assessing the social contextual online environments of LGBT adolescents through in-depth Facebook interviews and network data collection.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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