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Affordance theory can help understanding of individuals' use of online support communities

Coulson, Neil S.

Authors

Neil S. Coulson neil.coulson@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

In the early days of the Internet limited interaction existed between websites and individual users and as a result individuals were largely confined to searching for and reading health-related information. Searching for health-related information remains commonplace (i.e. in 2016, 51% searched for health information online in the UK, ONS, 2016). In addition, more recent technological advances have created forms of electronic communication which have encouraged participation, collaboration and information sharing between users (often referred to as ‘Web 2.0’). One specific way in which this ability to interact with other users has manifest itself is through the development of online support communities (also known as ‘online support groups’). Online support communities are a type of virtual community with a health-related focus, which provide an online environment where individuals can interact with other people who share common interests, experiences or concerns.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 2, 2017
Journal British Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-107X
Electronic ISSN 2044-8287
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Coulson, N. S. (2017). Affordance theory can help understanding of individuals' use of online support communities. British Journal of Health Psychology, 22(3), doi:10.1111/bjhp.12247
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/bjhp.12247
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjhp.12247/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Coulson, N. S. (2017), Affordance theory can help understanding of individuals' use of online support communities. Br J Health Psychol, 22: 379–382. , which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi...0.1111/bjhp.12247/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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