Online Social Support: The Interplay of Social Networks and Computer-Mediated Communication

by Antonina Bambina

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Foreword

Preface


Chapter 1: Introduction

Background of the Study

Traditional Social Support

A Social Network Perspective

An Electronic Social Network

Computer Mediated Communication and Social Support

SOL-Cancer Forum

Significance of the Study


Chapter 2: Online Social Support

Coding Online Social Support

Evaluating the Coding Scheme

Designing the Coding Scheme

Requesting and Providing Social Support

Final Coding Scheme

Frequency of Social Support Categories and Subcategories

Conclusion


Chapter 3: An Electronic Social Network

The Message Matrices

The Network Sociogram

Measures of Centrality

A Network Divided

The Transmission of Social Support

Conclusion


Chapter 4: A Network of SOLers and Their Star

The Givers

A Network of SOLers

The Social Structure of the SOL-Cancer Forum

The Transmission of Social Support

Conclusion


Chapter 5: Designing a Network Support Specific Model

Expanded Organizational Contingency Theory

A Task-Specific Model

A Network Support Specific Model

Model Dimensions

Conclusion


Chapter 6: Applying a Network Support Specific Model

Hypotheses: Emotional Support, Informational Support, Companionship

Model Dimensions – Operationalization and Analysis

Operationalization of Dimensions:

Isolates and Missing Values, Level of Dedication, Degree of Intimacy, Reciprocity, Size,

Commonality of Major Cancer Role

Analysis of Dimensions:

Level of Dedication, Degree of Intimacy, Reciprocity, Commonality of Major, Cancer Role, Size

Findings: Emotional Support, Informational Support, Companionship

Discussion

Conclusion


Chapter 7: Conclusion

Limitations of Study and Future Directions

Implications of the Study


References

Index


 

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