Exploring the Communication of Social Support within Virtual Communities: A Content Analysis of Messages Posted to an Online HIV/AIDS Support Group

@article{Mo2008ExploringTC,
  title={Exploring the Communication of Social Support within Virtual Communities: A Content Analysis of Messages Posted to an Online HIV/AIDS Support Group},
  author={Phoenix K. H. Mo and Neil S. Coulson},
  journal={Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  year={2008},
  volume={11 3},
  pages={371-4}
}
The present study examined the nature of social support exchanged within an online HIV/AIDS support group. Content analysis was conducted with reference to five types of social support (information support, tangible assistance, esteem support, network support, and emotional support) on 85 threads (1,138 messages). Our analysis revealed that many of the messages offered informational and emotional support, followed by esteem support and network support, with tangible assistance the least… CONTINUE READING

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