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Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur?

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  • Additional Information
    • Contributors:
      Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
    • Publication Date:
      2008
    • Collection:
      NARCIS
    • Abstract:
      People in stressful circumstances, such as serious health conditions, often turn to support groups. With the increase in the availability and popularity of the Internet, the possibility has arisen to join support groups online. Various authors have raised potential disadvantages of these groups, such as the lack of control of the quality of the information that is exchanged and the concern that the exchange within the group might include socially inappropriate remarks. In this study we explored to what extent these potential disadvantages actually occur. In addition, we explored who uses Dutch online support groups and what is exchanged by the participants. By means of “content analysis” we analyzed a random sample of 1500 messages from publicly available online support groups for patients with breast cancer, arthritis and fibromyalgia. It appeared that the online support groups under study were mainly used by female patients. A major part of the postings contained “off topic” remarks. Popular health related topics were “restrictions in daily life” and “regular medication”. Only in a minor proportion of the postings, potential disadvantages were present. Therefore this study suggests that online support groups are a viable option for support.
    • ISSN:
      0747-5632
    • Accession Number:
      edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      KRAAN, C. F. et al. Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur? [s. l.], 2008. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 5 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Kraan CF, Drossaert CHC, Taal E, et al. Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur? January 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428. Accessed July 5, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Kraan CF, Drossaert CHC, Taal E, et al. Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur? Published online January 1, 2008. Accessed July 5, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428
    • APA:
      Kraan, C. F., Drossaert, C. H. C., Taal, E., Lebrun, C. E. I., Drossaers-Bakker, K. W., Smit, W. M., Seydel, E. R., & van de Laar, M. A. F. J. (2008). Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur?
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Kraan, C.F., Constance H.C. Drossaert, Erik Taal, C.E.I. Lebrun, K.W. Drossaers-Bakker, W.M. Smit, E.R. Seydel, and Mart A F J van de Laar. 2008. “Coping with Somatic Illnesses in Online Support Groups: Do the Feared Disadvantages Actually Occur?,” January. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Kraan, C. F. et al. (2008) ‘Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur?’ Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 5 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Kraan, CF, Drossaert, CHC, Taal, E, Lebrun, CEI, Drossaers-Bakker, KW, Smit, WM, Seydel, ER & van de Laar, MAFJ 2008, ‘Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur?’, viewed 5 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Kraan, C. F., et al. Coping with Somatic Illnesses in Online Support Groups: Do the Feared Disadvantages Actually Occur? Jan. 2008. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Kraan, C.F., Constance H.C. Drossaert, Erik Taal, C.E.I. Lebrun, K.W. Drossaers-Bakker, W.M. Smit, E.R. Seydel, and Mart A F J van de Laar. “Coping with Somatic Illnesses in Online Support Groups: Do the Feared Disadvantages Actually Occur?,” January 1, 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Kraan CF, Drossaert CHC, Taal E, Lebrun CEI, Drossaers-Bakker KW, Smit WM, et al. Coping with somatic illnesses in online support groups: do the feared disadvantages actually occur? 2008 Jan 1 [cited 2020 Jul 5]; Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsair&AN=edsair.narcis........51c182e7efe19a5c6baf39afc894d082&custid=s8280428