Breast cancer afflicts more than 200,000 women in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008). The realization of facing a life-altering diagnosis prompts women to seek social support and information about the disease through various Internet resources such as online communities and forums, as well as social media venues like Facebook (Cho, 2008; Fox, 2011). Studies have shown that women who are diagnosed with breast cancer derive various social and psychosocial benefits such as relationship building, empowerment and stress relief, by partaking in an online community and finding information related to their disease in the Internet. This study explores the research question: Do women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turn to Facebook for social support, and do these online interactions help reduce the stress of dealing with a life-altering diagnosis?
|Advisor:||Haley, Gordon R.|
|Commitee:||Booker, Jennifer, Jordan, Lanetta|
|School:||St. Thomas University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Communication, Web Studies|
|Keywords:||Breast cancer, Facebook, Healthcare, Networking, Social media, Support|
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