Testing the hypothesis of competition within the UK bereavement support groups network, this diagram shows that the overall level of network integration is low. However, despite the fact that this hyperlink network has very little density, this does not mean that there is no competition. Considering that ‘high-density networks may be helpful in promoting the flow of support resources from network members’ (Gagliardi et al, 2009: 217), in this case, resources exchanges within the network are unlikely to happen.
Besides, this diagram also allows to observe different linking patterns between generalist and specialist bereavement support groups. Generalist bereavement support charities tend to receive fewer links than specialized ones, although discrepancies in terms of in-degree scores among generalist associations are observed. This validates the hypothesis of discrepancy in visibility due to the targeting of the charity, but in favour of specialized groups and not generalist ones.
Findings diverge for charities sharing a similar specialization. Globally, same oriented-goal charities tend to receive the same high number of links: Naviwidows and Way Foundation (bereavement by death of a spouse) respectively receive 83 and 79 links, similarly for charities for bereavement after cardiac death, bereavement by road accident, by infant loss and child death.
However, when examining the edges, charities sharing the same specialization tend to receive and send links to other bereavement support groups, but not from or to their direct rival which shares the same specialization. These findings support the hypothesis of a struggle for visibility, but not within the whole network and not even within the seed sites network, but at a micro-scale, between similar-oriented charities.