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978-1-4985-9534-6 • Hardback • December 2019 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-9535-3 • eBook • December 2019 • $105.00 • (£77.00)
Nichole Egbert is professor in the School of Communication studies at Kent State University.
Kevin B. Wright is professor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University.
Section 1: Social Support via Social Network Sites
Chapter 1: Social Network Sites as Vehicles for Effective/Ineffective Social Support by Sonja Utz
Chapter 2: Communication Technology Affordances and Social Support Provision by Stephen A. Rains
Chapter 3: The Mechanics of Supportive Facebook Messages: An Analysis of Health-Related Posts, Responses, and Perceptions by Nichole Egbert and Tammy Bosley
Chapter 4: Complexities of Channel Publicness and (In)Effective Support Behaviors by Andrew C. High, Emily M. Buehler, and Lucas Youngvorst
Chapter 5: Communicating Loneliness on Social Networking Sites: Challenges to Emotional Disclosure and Online Support Seeking by Guanjin Zhang and Jesse Fox
Section 2: Social Support in Dedicated Online Groups
Chapter 6: Online Support Groups Dedicated to Specific Health Problems by Wenjing Pan, Bo Feng, and Siyue Li
Chapter 7: What Determines the Quality of Relationships in Health-Related Online Support Groups? A Study of Attitudinal Similarity, Degree of Online Participation, and Personal Characteristics by Kevin Wright and E.J. van Ingen
Chapter 8: Uncertainty Management in Online Support Forums for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers by Bryan Abendschein
Chapter 9: Making Collective Sense of Uncertainty: How Online Social Support Communities Negotiate Meaning for Contested Illnesses by Laura D. Russell
Section 3: Emerging Research Trends and Perspectives
Chapter 10: Examining Health Communication Practices and Social Support through Mediated Channels: A Communication Privacy Management (CPM) Theory Perspective by Jeffrey T. Child and Shawn C. Starcher
Chapter 11: Aging in Computer-Mediated Community: The Importance of Online Connections for Older Adults by Jill Yamasaki and Jennifer E. Ohs
Chapter 12: When Big Data Meet Supportive Communication: Advancing mHealth Intervention Informed by Social Support Scholarship by Heewon Kim, Cristopher Tietsort, and Karlee Posteher
An engaging and rich exploration by some of the leading scholars in the field of health and digital communication. A must read for anyone interested in the relationship between health and social support in the digital era.— Neil S. Coulson, University of Nottingham
Communication and Health in the Digital Age is a much-needed resource to help in our understanding of how and why our online interactions influence our overall health and well-being through the communication of social support. Finally, we have a resource that synthesizes updated information across a wide body of literature, which allows us to improve our research, teaching, and ultimately the quality of the support we give and receive in our everyday lives.
— Angela L. Palmer-Wackerly, University of Nebraska - Lincoln