Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Gender, social support and coping in online prostate, breast and lung cancer support forums
by Imbesi, Elizabeth Andrea Swigar, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2011, 109; 3475329
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the manner in which men and women construct their gender online in terms of offered social support and individualized coping. Qualitative coding of 499 posts on three online cancer discussion forums was based on directed approach content analysis. Coded posts were utilized in quantitative hypothesis testing of gender-cancer diagnosis interactions. The results indicate that in mixed-gender online cancer forums, a shift toward more feminine discourse styles occurs. Implications, limitations, and future research directions are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Donnelly, James P.
Commitee: Delucia-Waack, Janice, Feeley, Thomas J., Zevon, Michael
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Counseling, School and Educational Psychology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-B 73/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Communication, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Cancer, Coping, Gender, Internet forums, Social support
Publication Number: 3475329
ISBN: 9781124934846
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