E-Message Boards for Those Who Self-Injure: Implications for E-Health
|dc.identifier.citation||Johnson, Genevieve Marie and Zastawny, Sylvia and Kulpa, Anastasia. 2010. E-Message Boards for Those Who Self-Injure: Implications for E-Health. International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions. 8 (4): pp. 566-569.|
Virtual communities for those who self-injure (SI) are increasingly popular and involve Internet communication technologies including e-message boards. The social and emotional support of an accepting virtual community may facilitate individual recovery from SI. Via self-report data, this study describes individuals who participate in virtual communities for those who SI and implications for e-health communities. Sixty-seven individuals who participate in virtual communities responded to ten open-ended questionnaire items posted on two e-message boards for those who SI. Participants reported a variety of strategies of self-harm. The majority indicated that they SI in response to emotional distress. Almost half reported visiting the boards at least once a day. More than half indicated that their SI decreased in frequency since joining virtual communities. Virtual communities for those who SI provide information on recovery, emotional support, and a sense of community to individuals isolated by their behavior. Improved community e-health services may include peer-to-peer online support.
|dc.title||E-Message Boards for Those Who Self-Injure: Implications for E-Health|
|dcterms.source.title||International Journal of Mental Health and Addictions|
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|curtin.department||School of Education|