Groups in Health Contexts: Online Health Communities

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Although groups play an important role in many aspects of life, they can be especially critical in health contexts. Online health communities are a space where groups of people concerned about the same health condition interact to give and receive aid. The digital coping model is applied in this chapter to gain insights about why people join these communities, how they are used as a coping resource, and the role played by technology. Three forms of distress, four communication technology affordances, and four types of digital coping behavior relevant to people participating in online health communities are examined. The chapter concludes with some evidence-based recommendations for practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGroup Communication
Subtitle of host publicationAn Advanced Introduction
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000997972
ISBN (Print)9781032130613
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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