Social support in cyberspace: A content analysis of communication within a Huntington’s Disease online support group
Coulson, Neil S. and Buchanan, Heather and Aubeeluck, Aimee (2007) Social support in cyberspace: A content analysis of communication within a Huntington’s Disease online support group. Patient Education & Counseling, 68 (2). pp. 173-178.
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Objective: Huntington’s Disease (HD) is an inherited disorder, characterised by a progressive degeneration of the brain. Due to the nature of the symptoms, the genetic element of the disease and the fact that there is no cure, HD patients and those in their support network often experience considerable stress and anxiety. With an expansion in Internet access, individuals affected by HD have new opportunities for information retrieval and social support. The aim of this study is to examine the provision of social support in messages posted to a HD online support group bulletin board.
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