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How Does Insightful and Negative Emotional Disclosure Bring Potential Health Benefits?: Study Based on Online Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer

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This research examined how women with breast cancer benefit from their written disclosure in online support groups. Data came from large project on online interactive health system for low-income patients. This research analyzed baseline and four-month follow-up surveys assessing participantsÂ’ (N = 231) background characteristics and health outcomes, as well as disclosive messages they posted in the bulletin-board-type online groups during the four-month period. Data supported the positive associations between disclosure in online groups and health benefits at follow-up, mainly in a subset of active posters who wrote two or more disclosive messages. Specifically, insightful disclosure led to greater improvements in health self-efficacy, emotional well-being, and functional well-being, mediated by lowered breast cancer concerns. Negative emotional disclosure weakened the negative relations between concerns and functional well-being. The findings were discussed with regard to theoretical models explaining the mechanisms underlying the benefits of written disclosure.

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Shim, Minsun., Cappella, Joseph. and Han, Jeong Yeob. "How Does Insightful and Negative Emotional Disclosure Bring Potential Health Benefits?: Study Based on Online Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2009 <Not Available>. 2017-09-11 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p300934_index.html>

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Shim, M. , Cappella, J. N. and Han, J. , 2009-05-20 "How Does Insightful and Negative Emotional Disclosure Bring Potential Health Benefits?: Study Based on Online Support Groups for Women with Breast Cancer" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2017-09-11 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p300934_index.html

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Abstract: This research examined how women with breast cancer benefit from their written disclosure in online support groups. Data came from large project on online interactive health system for low-income patients. This research analyzed baseline and four-month follow-up surveys assessing participantsÂ’ (N = 231) background characteristics and health outcomes, as well as disclosive messages they posted in the bulletin-board-type online groups during the four-month period. Data supported the positive associations between disclosure in online groups and health benefits at follow-up, mainly in a subset of active posters who wrote two or more disclosive messages. Specifically, insightful disclosure led to greater improvements in health self-efficacy, emotional well-being, and functional well-being, mediated by lowered breast cancer concerns. Negative emotional disclosure weakened the negative relations between concerns and functional well-being. The findings were discussed with regard to theoretical models explaining the mechanisms underlying the benefits of written disclosure.


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