Benefiting from Social Capital in Online Support Groups: An Empirical Study of Cancer Patients

@article{Beaudoin2007BenefitingFS,
  title={Benefiting from Social Capital in Online Support Groups: An Empirical Study of Cancer Patients},
  author={Christopher E. Beaudoin and Chen-Chao Tao},
  journal={Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  year={2007},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={
          587-90
        }
}
  • Christopher E. Beaudoin, Chen-Chao Tao
  • Published 2007
  • Psychology, Computer Science, Medicine
  • Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society
  • With measures specific to the online cancer environment and data from an online survey of cancer patients, the current study finds support for the following model: asynchronous online communication --> social interaction --> social support --> positive health outcomes in terms of stress, depression, and coping. The findings suggest that the Internet can be a positive cyber venue for cancer patients as they confront illness, undergo treatment, and seek out support. 
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