Posting Incognito ... Males with Eating Problems: Online Emotional Expression and Support

Jackie Doran, Christopher Alan Lewis

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Qualitative research in the area of eating disorders (eds) has predominantly focused on females,whilst the experiences of males’ remains poorly understood. due to the secretive nature of eating problems/eds it can be difficult to explore the experiences of males with these problems; however, online support groups/message boards, which are common and popular, provide a non-invasive
forum for researchers to conduct research. This study analyzed naturally occurring discussions on an internet message board dedicated to males and eating problems using content analysis. Two major overarching themes of emotional expression (sharing feelings of disturbed eating attitudes and emotions; being secretive) and support (informational and emotional) were identified. The message board provided a vital support system for this group, suggesting that online message boards may be an important avenue for health professionals to provide information, support, and advice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cyber therapy and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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