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Title: Social support and unsolicited advice in a bipolar disorder online forum
Authors: Vayreda, Agnes
Antaki, Charles
Keywords: Bipolar disorder
Conversation analysis
Education, online
Medical/health care discourse
Research, online
Social support
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © SAGE Publications
Citation: VAYREDA, A. and ANTAKI, C., 2009. Social support and unsolicited advice in a bipolar disorder online forum. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (7), pp. 931-942.
Abstract: How does a newly diagnosed user get inducted into a forum dedicated to people suffering from bipolar disorder? Is their opening message "matched" by the forum's reply? We add to the literature on social support online by using conversation analysis (CA) to explore an apparent contradiction between a new user's first post and forum members' replies with ostensibly unsolicited advice. CA reveals the intimate relation between turns in sequence, an aspect of online communication largely ignored in existing work on social support. Seen from this perspective, giving unsolicited advice, although apparently a "mismatch," turns out to be a consequence of the open design of the new user's initial posting. We speculate that such unsolicited advice might function at the ideological level to induct the new user into the mores of the group, not only in the kind of support it countenances giving, but into the very meaning of bipolarity itself.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Qualitative Health Research [© SAGE Publications]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732309338952
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1049732309338952
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5437
ISSN: 1049-7323
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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