Reasons for Participation and Non-Participation of Parents in a Computer-Mediated Support Group

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160770
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Presentation
Title:
Reasons for Participation and Non-Participation of Parents in a Computer-Mediated Support Group
Abstract:
Reasons for Participation and Non-Participation of Parents in a Computer-Mediated Support Group
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Bragad, Helga, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Iceland
Title:Faculty of Nursing
Contact Address:Eirbergi, Eirksgata 34, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
Contact Telephone:#43;354-5254988
Co-Authors:H. Bragadttir, Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, ICELAND;
Former studies on parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer indicate a need for mutual support. In recent years computer-mediated support groups (CMSG) have grown in number as addition to or supplement to face-to-face support groups. The theoretical framework of this study is based on the work of Yalom (1985), Caplan (1979), Riessman (1965), and Vugia (1991), referring to the provision and reception of support and that within the same group, individual members may benefit from different therapeutic factors. The purpose of this study was to identify the reasons for participation and non-participation in a CMSG for parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. This was a descriptive study using paper-and-pencil questionnaires mailed to participants. Data were collected on demographic variables and possible reasons for participation and non-participation in a CMSG for parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. The sample consisted of 122 parents, 94 were of surviving children and 28 who had lost their children to cancer. Fifty-three parents participated in the study. Twenty-five parents indicated they would participate in a CMSG were they given the opportunity. Relatively more parents who had lost their children to cancer said they would participate. Main reasons for participation were to receive and provide information and support, besides getting in touch with other parents with comparable experience. The main reasons for non-participation were receiving enough support already and believing that participation in a CMSG would not be helpful. No statistically significant difference was found between those parents who indicated they would participate in a CMSG and those who would not in regards to gender, age, residency, education and employment (p less or equal to .05). The results of this study indicate a need for CMSGs for a number of parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer, not the least those who have lost their children.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReasons for Participation and Non-Participation of Parents in a Computer-Mediated Support Groupen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160770-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Reasons for Participation and Non-Participation of Parents in a Computer-Mediated Support Group</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bragad, Helga, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Iceland</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Faculty of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Eirbergi, Eirksgata 34, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">#43;354-5254988</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">helgabra@hi.is</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">H. Bragadttir, Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, ICELAND;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Former studies on parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer indicate a need for mutual support. In recent years computer-mediated support groups (CMSG) have grown in number as addition to or supplement to face-to-face support groups. The theoretical framework of this study is based on the work of Yalom (1985), Caplan (1979), Riessman (1965), and Vugia (1991), referring to the provision and reception of support and that within the same group, individual members may benefit from different therapeutic factors. The purpose of this study was to identify the reasons for participation and non-participation in a CMSG for parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. This was a descriptive study using paper-and-pencil questionnaires mailed to participants. Data were collected on demographic variables and possible reasons for participation and non-participation in a CMSG for parents whose children had been diagnosed with cancer. The sample consisted of 122 parents, 94 were of surviving children and 28 who had lost their children to cancer. Fifty-three parents participated in the study. Twenty-five parents indicated they would participate in a CMSG were they given the opportunity. Relatively more parents who had lost their children to cancer said they would participate. Main reasons for participation were to receive and provide information and support, besides getting in touch with other parents with comparable experience. The main reasons for non-participation were receiving enough support already and believing that participation in a CMSG would not be helpful. No statistically significant difference was found between those parents who indicated they would participate in a CMSG and those who would not in regards to gender, age, residency, education and employment (p less or equal to .05). The results of this study indicate a need for CMSGs for a number of parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer, not the least those who have lost their children.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:10:22Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:10:22Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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