Facebook for Support versus Facebook for Research: The Case of Miscarriage

Mona Alqassim, K. Cassie Kresnye, Katie A. Siek, Maria Wolters

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Abstract

Researchers use Asynchronous Remote Communities (ARC) to reach out to target populations who may find it hard to meet in person, or make time for telephone interviews. So far, ARC studies have been conducted using closed and secure groups on Facebook, because most participants are active members of this social network. However, it is not clear how participants' Facebook usage might affect their engagement with an ARC study. In this paper, we report a secondary analysis of a recent ARC study of women who had experienced at least one miscarriage that focused on their information and social support needs. We find participants tend to be comfortable with seeking emotional support on Facebook, and even those who say they rarely post to Facebook engage with most group activities. We discuss implications for choosing platforms for ARC studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5971-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019

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