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Online Health Communities as a resource for collective sensemaking for men who experience fertility difficulty

Patel, D; (2021) Online Health Communities as a resource for collective sensemaking for men who experience fertility difficulty. In: (Proceedings) The 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Online health communities (OHCs) are dedicated spaces where users discuss specific topics in an anonymous virtual and asynchronous environment. This space can be valuable for men who experience fertility difficulty by providing a safe environment for them to share information and advice to understand their condition and share their experiences. I present findings from our study investigating men’s use of online communities. 603 posts from OHCs were qualitatively analysed to understand how men use online health communities when they experience a fertility difficulty. We found that peer support within these communities facilitated men to navigate a process of collective sensemaking to understand and accept a “new normal” within their fertility prognosis.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Online Health Communities as a resource for collective sensemaking for men who experience fertility difficulty
Event: The 24th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dl.acm.org/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Online Health Communities; Men; Fertility; Finding a New Normal; Sensemaking.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137511
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