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Genetic testing for Huntington’s disease: a thematic analysis of online support community messages (2019)
Journal Article
Smedley, R., & Coulson, N. (2019). Genetic testing for Huntington’s disease: a thematic analysis of online support community messages. Journal of Health Psychology, doi:10.1177/1359105319826340

Huntington’s disease is a fatal late-onset genetic illness that causes motor, cognitive and psychiatric disorders. Individuals considering genetic testing may benefit from online social support. This study investigates how genetic testing is discusse... Read More

“They aren’t all like that”: perceptions of clinical services, as told by self-harm online communities (2018)
Journal Article
Williams, A. J., Nielsen, E., & Coulson, N. S. (2018). “They aren’t all like that”: perceptions of clinical services, as told by self-harm online communities. Journal of Health Psychology, (135910531878840). doi:10.1177/1359105318788403. ISSN 1359-1053

Self-harm is a critical public health issue, with strikingly low rates of attendance to clinical services. By offering support, anonymity, and open discussions, online communities hold useful insights into the factors which influence help-seeking beh... Read More

A practical guide to analysing online support forums (2018)
Journal Article
Smedley, R., & Coulson, N. S. (in press). A practical guide to analysing online support forums. Qualitative Research in Psychology, doi:10.1080/14780887.2018.1475532. ISSN 1478-0887

As the number of online support forums continues to grow and the amount of user-generated content increases, analysing forum messages can provide researchers and others working in health-related fields with important new insights into the needs, opin... Read More

Exploring the therapeutic affordances of self-harm online support communities: an online survey of members (2017)
Journal Article
Coulson, N. S., Bullock, E., & Rodham, K. (2017). Exploring the therapeutic affordances of self-harm online support communities: an online survey of members. JMIR Mental Health, 4(4), doi:10.2196/mental.8084. ISSN 2368-7959

Background: A growing number of online communities have been established to support those who self-harm. However, little is known about the therapeutic affordances arising from engagement with these communities and resulting outcomes. Objective: T... Read More

Affordance theory can help understanding of individuals' use of online support communities (2017)
Journal Article
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. ISSN 1359-107X

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 re... Read More

The use of an online support group for neuromuscular disorders: a thematic analysis of message postings (2017)
Journal Article
Meade, O., Buchanan, H., & Coulson, N. S. (in press). The use of an online support group for neuromuscular disorders: a thematic analysis of message postings. Disability and Rehabilitation, doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1334239. ISSN 0963-8288

Purpose: People affected by neuromuscular disorders can experience adverse psychosocial consequences and difficulties accessing information and support. Online support groups provide new opportunities for peer support. The aim of this study was to un... Read More

A thematic analysis of messages posted by moderators within health-related asynchronous online support forums (2017)
Journal Article
Smedley, R. M., & Coulson, N. S. (2017). A thematic analysis of messages posted by moderators within health-related asynchronous online support forums. Patient Education and Counseling, 100(9), doi:10.1016/j.pec.2017.04.008. ISSN 0738-3991

Objective: To identify and describe the activities performed by online support community moderators. Methods: A total of 790 messages were downloaded for analysis. Messages were written by 59 moderators from 6 forums that represent a diverse range o... Read More

Therapeutic affordances of online support group use in women with endometriosis (2016)
Journal Article
Shoebotham, A., & Coulson, N. S. (in press). Therapeutic affordances of online support group use in women with endometriosis. JMIR, 18(5), doi:10.2196/jmir.5548. ISSN 1438-8871

Background: The Internet has provided women living with endometriosis new opportunities to seek support online. Online support groups may provide a range of therapeutic affordances which may benefit these women. Objective: To examine the presence o... Read More

A systematic review of techniques and effects of self-help interventions for tinnitus: application of taxonomies from health psychology (2016)
Journal Article
taxonomies from health psychology. International Journal of Audiology, 55(Sup 3), doi:10.3109/14992027.2015.1137363. ISSN 1499-2027

Objective: Self-help interventions are followed by people independently with minimal or no therapist contact. This review aims to assess the effectiveness of self-help interventions for adults with chronic tinnitus and systematically identify the sel... Read More

Applying theories of health behaviour and change to hearing health research: time for a new approach (2016)
Journal Article
Coulson, N. S., Ferguson, M. A., Henshaw, H., & Heffernan, E. (in press). Applying theories of health behaviour and change to hearing health research: time for a new approach. International Journal of Audiology, 55(sup3), doi:10.3109/14992027.2016.1161851

Objective: In recent years, there has been an increase in the application of behavioural models, such as social cognition models, to the promotion of hearing health. Despite this, there exists a well-developed body of literature that suggests such m... Read More

PEGASO project : teenage perspectives of an integrated technology platform for health promotion (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Lang, A., Condon, L., Coulson, N., Cobb, S., & Atkinson, S. (2016). PEGASO project : teenage perspectives of an integrated technology platform for health promotion

This paper presents the findings from a participatory workshop with teenagers. Sixteen teenagers were recruited for the first phase evaluation and development of the PEGASO multi-technology system. This system is being developed to promote awareness... Read More

Understanding user reactions and interactions with an internet-based intervention for tinnitus self-management: mixed-methods process evaluation protocol (2016)
Journal Article
mixed-methods process evaluation protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(1), doi:10.2196/resprot.5008. ISSN 1929-0748

Background: Tinnitus is a common medical symptom that can affect an individual’s emotional and functional quality of life. Psychological therapies are acknowledged as beneficial to people with tinnitus; however, such therapies are not always readily... Read More