Blogging: A New Tool for Coping and Accessing Psycho-Social Support for People Living with HIV?
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)
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.
ehealth, blogging, psycho-social health, HIV/AIDS
Medical and Health Sciences Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Media and Communication Studies; International Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-160699DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-866-8ISBN: 9781609608668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-160699DiVA: diva2:452421