Psychological impact of online support communities : can human participation in an online health community improve psychological well-being
This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited.
Online Health Communities (OHCs) have become a major source of social, emotional and informational support for people with health problems. There has been much debate surrounding the potential benefits and costs of online interaction. This debate is centred on the positive and negative effects online health communities have on it users. Social network is believed to have great impact on its participants as suggested by some works of literature, thus participants feel a sense of liberation from any perceived restriction placed in real world either legally, socially or politically. Online Health communities have been able to provide support to these individuals therefore, leading to a positive impact to the individual’s psychological well-being. On the other hand, other line of literature on virtual communities suggest that online social platform can have a negative effect on the participants’ psychological well-being. Therefore, this study focuses on the psychological impact of online health communities. The constructs formulated in this study was based on several construct formulated on studies related to online health communities and psy- chological well-being. The construct utilized to fit the current study includes, social support, social identification, online users behaviour and the psychological flourishing scale. Internet use, education, income level, age and gender were included as control variables. This study result showed that online behaviour, social identification and social support positively impact the psychological well-being of users’ after joining the online health community. While social identification played a positive predominant role in its impact, online behaviour and social support had a considerable positive impact on psychological well-being. Out of five control variables, only age influenced psychological well-being after joining the online community. Overall, the measurement model explained 81% of variance in the impact of online health communities on psychological well-being. ...
MetadataShow full item record
- Pro gradu -tutkielmat 
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Health promotion activities of sports clubs and coaches, and health and health behaviours in youth participating in sports clubs: the Health Promoting Sports Club study Kokko, Sami; Selänne, Harri; Alanko, Lauri; Heinonen, Olli J.; Korpelainen, Raija; Savonen, Kai; Vasankari, Tommi; Kannas, Lasse; Kujala, Urho; Aira, Tuula; Villberg, Jari; Parkkari, Jari (BioMed Central Ltd., 2015)Introduction: Sports clubs form a potential setting for health promotion, but the research is limited. The aim of the Health Promoting Sports Club (HPSC) study was to elucidate the current health promotion activities ...
Heteroglossic and multimodal resources in use : participation across spaces of identification in a Christian lifestyle sports community Peuronen, Saija (University of Jyväskylä, 2017)This dissertation examines how members of one particular youth community, Christian lifestyle sports enthusiasts in Finland, use language and other semiotic resources to construct participation in their community of ...
How Physical Education Teachers’ Interpersonal Behaviour is Related to Students’ Health-Related Quality of Life Tilga, Henri; Hein, Vello; Koka, Andre; Hagger, Martin (Routledge, 2020)Grounded in self-determination theory (SDT), this cross-sectional study tested relations of students’ perceptions of autonomy-supportive and controlling behaviour from teachers in physical education with students’ ...
What Can You Achieve in Eight Years? : A Case Study on Participation, Effectiveness, and Overall Impact of a Comprehensive Workplace Health Promotion Program Äikäs, Antti Hermanni; Absetz, Pilvikki; Hirvensalo, Mirja Hannele; Pronk, Nicolaas P. (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2019)Objective: To investigate participation and effectiveness of a multiyear comprehensive workplace health promotion (WHP) program. Methods: Participation and effectiveness data came from employer and vendor systems. Health ...
Gloster, Andrew T.; Lamnisos, Demetris; Lubenko, Jelena; Presti, Giovambattista; Squatrito, Valeria; Constantinou, Marios; Nicolaou, Christiana; Papacostas, Savvas; Aydın, Gökçen; Chong, Yuen Yu; Chien, Wai Tong; Cheng, Ho Yu; Ruiz, Francisco J.; Garcia-Martin, Maria B.; Obando-Posada, Diana P.; Segura-Vargas, Miguel A.; Vasiliou, Vasilis S.; McHugh, Louise; Höfer, Stefan; Baban, Adriana; Dias, Neto David; Nunes, da Silva Ana; Monestès, Jean-Louis; Alvarez-Galvez, Javier; Paez-Blarrina, Marisa; Montesinos, Francisco; Valdivia-Salas, Sonsoles; Ori, Dorottya; Kleszcz, Bartosz; Lappalainen, Raimo; Ivanović, Iva; Gosar, David; Dionne, Frederick; Merwin, Rhonda M.; Kassianos, Angelos P.; Karekla, Maria (Public Library of Science (PLoS), 2020)Background The COVID-19 pandemic triggered vast governmental lockdowns. The impact of these lockdowns on mental health is inadequately understood. On the one hand such drastic changes in daily routines could be detrimental ...