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Title: Patterns of support in an online community for smoking cessation
Authors: Ploderer, Bernd
Smith, Wally
Howard, Steve
Pearce, Jon
Borland, Ron
Keywords: Facebook;social network sites;social support;behaviour change;online participation;smoking cessation
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: ACM Press
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Communities and Technologies - C&T '13
metadata.mci.reference.pages: 26-35
Series/Report no.: C&T
Abstract: Social support offers various benefits for health and behaviour change. However, previous work has shown that individuals are typically reluctant to ask for support on social network sites, unless they can present a changed, healthier identity. To examine the relationship between stage of change and social support we conducted a thematic analysis of messages posted in a public Facebook support group for people trying to quit smoking. Our findings show that the kind of support exchanged online is related to participants' stage of change. Contrary to our expectations, supportive responses and leadership in the support group came mainly from users who just started their change process rather than people who had already changed. We discuss contributions to theories of online participation and impression management as well as implications for practitioners who seek to establish support groups.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1145/2482991.2482992
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Munich, Germany June 29 - July 02, 2013
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