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Whom to befriend to influence people [article]

Gennaro Cordasco, Luisa Gargano, Manuel Lafond, Lata Narayanan, Adele A. Rescigno, Ugo Vaccaro, Kangkang Wu
2016 arXiv   pre-print
If Alice wants to activate the entire social network, whom should she befriend?  ...  More generally, we study the problem of finding the minimum number of links that a set of external influencers should form to people in the network, in order to activate the entire social network.  ...  be activated, which minimum-sized set of nodes should an already activated set of external influencers S befriend, so as to influence the entire network?  ... 
arXiv:1611.08687v2 fatcat:ltwcs4n3ubd4zescnppqypz64i

The impact of volunteer befriending services for older people at the end of life: Mechanisms supporting wellbeing

Clare Gardiner, Sarah Barnes
2016 Progress in Palliative Care  
The aim of the study was to explore the mechanisms by which befriending facilitates wellbeing in older people at the end of life.  ...  The unique issues faced by people approaching the end of life mean further research is required to explore dimensions of befriending in more depth and further develop theory.  ...  Acknowledgements: We would like to acknowledge Age UK for funding this study, and all participants for their involvement  ... 
doi:10.1080/09699260.2015.1116728 fatcat:zvet5mgpr5fbtcdlnbyzwxtdj4

How do befriending interventions alleviate loneliness and social isolation among older people? A realist evaluation study

Olujoke A. Fakoya, Noleen K. McCorry, Michael Donnelly, Marcel Pikhart
2021 PLoS ONE  
Befriending is a popular way in which to intervene to combat loneliness and social isolation among older people.  ...  well as the influence of service characteristics including payment for befrienders, fixed/long-term befriending relationship, one-to-one support and the impact of non-verbal communication via face-to-face  ...  Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank the participants that took part in the study. Author Contributions  ... 
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0256900 pmid:34499682 pmcid:PMC8428774 fatcat:oldvj7mzqjbupf3nm74ydthl5u

Peer support for parents of disabled children part 1: perceived outcomes of a one-to-one service, a qualitative study

V. Shilling, S. Bailey, S. Logan, C. Morris
2014 Child: Care, Health and Development  
Parents and befrienders appeared to benefit through expanding their social network.  ...  Nevertheless providing support was reported to create emotional burden and concerns for befrienders around their performance, and also required a substantial time commitment.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are very grateful to the participants who gave their time to be interviewed for this study, to the Face2Face coordinators and area manager in Devon and Cornwall, UK for their help with  ... 
doi:10.1111/cch.12223 pmid:25521697 fatcat:odnmhebyabhlzbycmgq23p3u4u

'Guid times wi the bad times': The meanings and experiences of befriending for people living alone with dementia

Jane Andrew, Heather Wilkinson, Seamus Prior
2021 Dementia  
Such services are promoted in Scotland's national strategy to improve the lives of people with dementia, around a third of whom live alone.  ...  Befriending is a service in which volunteers provide companionship and support usually to people who are lonely or isolated.  ...  Acknowledgements We are extremely grateful to the individuals who took part in the study, to Befriending Networks, and to the coordinators of participating befriending services for their help at various  ... 
doi:10.1177/14713012211024488 pmid:34132125 pmcid:PMC8739571 fatcat:jrk32ck3wfdmjnj7eiwtpfvs2i

Midlothian Befrienders' Cross-Generational Networking across the School Community Divide to Build Social Capital

Mhairi Weir, Rae Goode, Andrew McDonald
2010 Journal of Intergenerational Relationships  
Scotland, where the theory of social capital is informing practice and thinking of the staff of Midlothian Befrienders and vice versa.  ...  However, it seems that little work has been undertaken on linking the theory of social capital to work in practice in the field of community learning and development.  ...  They see the life their befriendees live, the people on whom they depend, and, in some cases, how their befriendees' condition affects the family.  ... 
doi:10.1080/15350770903520684 fatcat:a7gcncyurvayhkugptcblhwkg4

The use of telephone befriending in low level support for socially isolated older people - an evaluation

Mima Cattan, Nicola Kime, Anne-Marie Bagnall
2010 Health and Social Care in the community  
Despite lack of evidence, telephone befriending has been considered an effective low-level method to decrease loneliness among older people.  ...  Befriending schemes provide the low-cost means for socially isolated older people to become more confident and independent and develop a sense of self-respect potentially leading to increased participation  ...  The older people we spoke to talked about telephone befriending providing them with 'a life line' and expressed powerlessness about being able to 25 influence their own services.  ... 
doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2010.00967.x pmid:21114564 fatcat:ofs2glicxrcjfknm55vgz7fci4

Page 99 of The Christian Disciple and Theological Review Vol. 1, Issue 4 [page]

1813 The Christian Disciple and Theological Review  
‘This influence he employed in befriending others, rather than in enriching himself, Many of the royalists and epis- copalians were befriended in those days of trouble, by the in- fluence Mr.  ...  Cromwell engaged te write to them himself, and te send them a preacher, with whom they would be satisfied. This prom- ise he fulfilled; and Mr.  ... 

Page 99 of The Christian Disciple and Theological Review Vol. 1, Issue 4 [page]

1813 The Christian Disciple and Theological Review  
Cromwell engaged to write to them himself, and to send them a preacher, with whom they would be satisfied.  ...  Crom- well placed confidence in him, and of course he had considera~- ble influence on many important oceasions. ‘This influence he employed in befriending others, rather than in enriching himself.  ... 

Page 311 of American Catholic Quarterly Review Vol. 14, Issue 54 [page]

1889 American Catholic Quarterly Review  
His affair with Disraeli, whom he had so strongly befriended when the future Tory premier of England was entering on his political career as a Radical, is notorious.  ...  D’Esterre was by no means the only man who called O'Connell out, nor was he the only man whom O'Connell offered to meet.  ... 

BeFriend: A Context-Aware Ad-hoc Social Networking Platform

Vanja Smailović, Vedran Podobnik
2016 Automatika  
The BeFriend platform is for mobile users equipped with a smartphone -after installing and activating the BeFriend client, they are able to receive push notifications when a certain rule is triggered (  ...  The proof of-concept BeFriend platform presented in this paper is available in form of BeFriend application for users possessing Android-based smartphones.  ...  People, when in a hurry, tend to forget to rely upon their social networks to connect to people they have just met.  ... 
doi:10.7305/automatika.2016.03.1037 fatcat:7ugxtkdqlrgqrbrspzhqwifysm

Effectiveness of a volunteer befriending programme for patients with schizophrenia: randomised controlled trial

Stefan Priebe, Agnes Chevalier, Thomas Hamborg, Eoin Golden, Michael King, Nancy Pistrang
2019 British Journal of Psychiatry  
to a befriending programme for 1 year or to receive information about social activities only (trial registration: ISRCTN14021839).  ...  However, trial-based evidence for its effectiveness is limited.AimsTo conduct a randomised controlled trial of befriending for patients with schizophrenia or related disorders.MethodPatients were randomised  ...  Acknowledgements The authors would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the funder, participants and the wider study team.  ... 
doi:10.1192/bjp.2019.42 pmid:30829190 pmcid:PMC7116000 fatcat:f25dx4yt35dh5o4aj477ww6bwe

Preferences for befriending schemes: a survey of patients with severe mental illness

Sarah Toner, Megan Cassidy, Agnes Chevalier, Aida Farreny, Monica Leverton, Mariana Pinto da Costa, Stefan Priebe
2018 BMC Psychiatry  
Patients with lower SQOL are more likely to accept befriending, so that befriending schemes may be a realistic option to help patients with particularly low SQOL.  ...  The majority (58%) of the sample indicated willingness to participate in befriending.  ...  The funding body was not involved in, and did not influence, the design of the study, data collection, analysis or interpretation of the data.  ... 
doi:10.1186/s12888-018-1643-9 pmid:29523114 pmcid:PMC5845380 fatcat:pbiqsxn56zcenpkdc3jdzlvkaa

Growing as a Person: From Befriending the Self to Befriending the Other

Keith D'Souza
2021 Zenodo  
Growing as a Person: From Befriending the Self to Befriending the Other Growing as a person often entails a long journey from befriending the self to befriending the other.  ...  For this to happen, there is need for adequate situational or contextual grounds for growth to thrive, as well as the need for personal discernment, so that higher levels of awareness are experienced at  ...  The impetus to befriend oneself needs to graduate to a higher level, to include befriending those with whom one shares common interests, a common vision and purpose of life, shared community practices,  ... 
doi:10.5281/zenodo.4459889 fatcat:gkiczffcmrdftgeuodh4fwj5bq

'Festival in a Box': Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia

Michael Eades, Kathryn Lord, Claudia Cooper
2016 Dementia  
In total, seven artists undertook weekly visits as part of the project, of whom four responded to a follow-on request to be interviewed. All three befrienders who took part were interviewed.  ...  to take part, as assessed by the befriender.  ... 
doi:10.1177/1471301216658158 pmid:27466377 fatcat:7t7yh2h6ofcdhkojqqhjx6xiti
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