Social Networks and Adult Survival in Rural Bangladesh


Principal Investigator:
Mohammed Rahman

Department of Global Health and Population

Dates of Research:
July 15, 2001 — June 30, 2005


This study uses newly collected, comprehensive data from rural Bangladesh to examine the impact and variation of social networks on adult and elderly survival. Specifically it examines the relationship of network characteristics to survival within distinct social and familial roles such as spouse, children, siblings, etc, recognizing that some roles might be more important than others. It looks closely at these social networks and whether they act as stressors or buffers. The study also uses the extensive sociodemographic information available to explore how different individual characteristics such as gender, age, income, and education may modify the impact of social ties on survival.