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Predictors of the change in the expression of emotional support within an online breast cancer support group: a longitudinal study.
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PMID:  23122429     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To explore how the expression of emotional support in an online breast cancer support group changes over time, and what factors predict this pattern of change.
METHODS: We conducted growth curve modeling with data collected from 192 participants in an online breast cancer support group within the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) during a 24-week intervention period.
RESULTS: Individual expression of emotional support tends to increase over time for the first 12 weeks of the intervention, but then decrease slightly with time after that. In addition, we found that age, living situation, comfort level with computer and the Internet, coping strategies were important factors in predicting the changing pattern of expressing emotional support.
CONCLUSIONS: Expressing emotional support changed in a quadratic trajectory, with a range of factors predicting the changing pattern of expression.
PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS: These results can provide important information for e-health researchers and physicians in determining the benefits individuals can gain from participation in should CMSS groups as the purpose of cancer treatment.
Woohyun Yoo; Ming-Yuan Chih; Min-Woo Kwon; Junghwan Yang; Eunji Cho; Bryan McLaughlin; Kang Namkoong; Dhavan V Shah; David H Gustafson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-10-31
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  90     ISSN:  1873-5134     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-14     Completed Date:  2013-04-30     Revised Date:  2013-07-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  88-95     Citation Subset:  N    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Computers
Breast Neoplasms / psychology*
Logistic Models
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Self-Help Groups*
Social Support*
Socioeconomic Factors
Time Factors
Grant Support
P50 CA095817/CA/NCI NIH HHS; P50 CA095817-05/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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