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Online peer-led support group participation among patients with breast cancer: A longitudinal study

J Med Internet Res. 2014 Nov 28;16(11):e256. [Pubmed Abstract]

Emotional approach coping and the effects of online peer-led support group participation among patients with breast cancer: a longitudinal study
Batenburg A, Das E

Background
Previous research on the effects of online peer support on psychological well-being of patients with cancer showed mixed findings. There is a need for longitudinal studies explaining if and when online peer-led support groups are beneficial. How patients cope with emotions that come along with the cancer diagnosis might influence effectiveness of online participation. Emotional approach coping is a construct encompassing the intentional use of emotional processing and emotional expression in efforts to manage adverse circumstances.

Objective
In this longitudinal study, we hypothesize that mixed findings in previous research are partly caused by individual differences in coping with emotions, which may moderate the effects of online support…

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