Supportive communication, sense of virtual community and health outcomes in online infertility groups

@inproceedings{Welbourne2009SupportiveCS,
  title={Supportive communication, sense of virtual community and health outcomes in online infertility groups},
  author={Jennifer L. Welbourne and Anita L. Blanchard and Marla D. Boughton},
  booktitle={C\&T},
  year={2009}
}
Women are turning to online health groups to deal with the stresses and complications of infertility. Online groups may provide a resource that is potentially absent in their face-to-face communities. This study examines how the sense of virtual community (SOVC) that develops in these groups serves as a buffer between perceived stress and physical health symptoms. A sample of 122 women from two virtual communities completed an online survey. Results show that observing the exchange of emotional… 

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