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Promoting Students’ Health at University: Key Stakeholders, Cooperation, and Network Development

Bachert, Philip 1; Wäsche, Hagen 1; Albrecht, Felix 2; Hildebrand, Claudia 1; Kunz, Alexa Maria 2; Woll, Alexander ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Background: Cooperation among university units is considered a cornerstone for the promotion of students' health. The underlying mechanisms of health-promoting networks at universities have rarely been examined so far. Shedding light on partnerships is generally limited to the naming of allied actors in a network.

Objectives and Methods: In this study, we used network analysis intending to visualize and describe the positions and characteristics of the network actors, and examine organizational relationships to determine the characteristics of the complete network.

Results: The network analysis at hand provides in-depth insights into university structures promoting students' health comprising 33 organizational units and hundreds of ties. Both cooperation and communication network show a flat, non-hierarchical structure, which is reflected by its low centralization indices (39–43%) and short average distances (1.43–1.47) with low standard deviations (0.499–0.507), small diameter (3), and the non-existence of subgroups. Density lies between 0.53 and 0.57. According to the respondents, the University Sports Center is considered the most important actor in the context of students' health. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000134300
Veröffentlicht am 17.08.2021
DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.680714
Zitationen: 1
Web of Science
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2296-2565
KITopen-ID: 1000134300
Erschienen in Frontiers in Public Health
Verlag Frontiers Media
Band 9
Seiten Art. Nr.: 680714
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 30.05.2021
Schlagwörter organizational network analysis, health-promoting universities, university students’ health, cooperation, stakeholder identification, network governance, network development research
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