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Introduction Health care providers such as Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Cleveland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins are providing access to online health communities. In 2009 61% of American adults looked for health information online. 41% of adults used online groups, blogs or websites to find " someone like me. "
a r t i c l e i n f o The present study investigates how high-technology attributes influence consumer responses. Based on Mehrabian and Russell's Stimulus–Organism–Response (S–O–R) framework (1974), this study proposes that high-technology product attributes elicit consumers' cognitive (attitude) and affective states (pleasure and arousal), contributing to… (More)
This study investigates consumers' use of online health communities (OHCs) for healthcare from a relationship building perspective based on the commitment-trust theory of relationships. The study proposes that perspective taking, empathic concern, self-efficacy, and network density affect the development of both cognitive and affective trust, which together… (More)
Birth order and it s consequen ts have been of intermittent interest to psychologists for almo st a century, since Galton (2), and perhaps longer. Some 50 years later, Adler (1, pp. 321-323), as part of his personality theory, stressed the importance of the situ ation into which a person is born, including family size, sex of siblings, and birth order. In… (More)