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Blogging: A New Tool for Coping and Accessing Psycho-Social Support for People Living with HIV?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2011 (English)In: E-Health Communities and Online Self-Help Groups: Applications and Usage / [ed] Åsa Smedberg, Hershey: IGI Global, 2011, 1, 106-120 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Upon learning about an HIV-positive status, the individual is often faced with immense psychological stress. Besides coming to terms with a life-threatening disease, fears of stigma and discrimination are often attributed as stressors. The purpose of this chapter is to explore blogging as a tool to cope with a lifelong and highly stigmatized disease such as HIV/AIDS. A literature review and content analysis of six HIV-positive individuals’ blogs indicate that blogging can be regarded as a tool for coping with HIV and potentially a form of self-administered therapy. Due to the ephemeral nature of blogs, the case blogs were revisited after 7 months to determine if they had been maintained. The fact that all six were still being updated regularly indicates that the bloggers found blogging about HIV/AIDS beneficial in one or several ways.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey: IGI Global, 2011, 1. 106-120 p.
Keyword [en]
ehealth, blogging, psycho-social health, HIV/AIDS
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies; International Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160699DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-866-8ISBN: 9781609608668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160699DiVA: diva2:452421
Available from: 2011-10-29 Created: 2011-10-29 Last updated: 2012-02-22Bibliographically approved

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