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Title: An investigation of the empowering processes and outcomes of online support group participation for individuals living with HIV/AIDS
Author: Mo, Phoenix Kit Han
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Over the past decades, the Internet and online support groups have had a positive effect on the way people with various health conditions manage their health. The present thesis aimed to explore the role of online support groups on patient empowerment for Individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Four empirical studies have been conducted to answer the research question. The first study aimed to examine the processes through which online support groups might empower Individuals living with HIV/AIDS. A total of 1,162 messages were selected from HIV/AIDS online support groups and analysed using a hybrid approach of inductive-deductive thematic analysis. The second study aimed to explore the empowering processes and outcomes of HIV/AIDS online support group participation from the participants' perspective. A total of 115 HIV+ online support group users were recruited for the present study and were asked to complete an online survey which contained questions about their experiences of and views towards online support group participation. The third and fourth study aimed to explore how different levels of participation In online support groups might be associated with empowering processes and outcomes, and the mechanisms through which participation In online support groups might promote patient empowerment for Individuals living with HIV/AIDS. A total of 340 online support group users living with HIV/AIDS were recruited and were asked to complete an online questionnaire consisting of measures on empowering processes, self care self efficacy, loneliness, optimism, coping, depression, and health-related quality of life. Overall, results suggest that online support participation might offer some benefits for those living with HIV/AIDS. Also, lurking In the online support groups may be as empowering as reading and posting messages to the groups. More research Is needed to Identify the long term effects of online support group use for Individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.546545  DOI: Not available
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