Experiences of women with breast cancer: exchanging social support over the CHESS computer network.

  title={Experiences of women with breast cancer: exchanging social support over the CHESS computer network.},
  author={B. Shaw and F. McTavish and R. Hawkins and D. Gustafson and S. Pingree},
  journal={Journal of health communication},
  volume={5 2},
Using an existential-phenomenological approach, this paper describes how women with breast cancer experience the giving and receiving of social support in a computer-mediated context. Women viewed their experiences with the computer-mediated support group as an additional and unique source of support in facing their illness. Anonymity within the support group fostered equalized participation and allowed women to communicate in ways that would have been more difficult in a face-to-face context… Expand
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