The membership life cycle in online support groups

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This study explores the membership life cycle in online support groups for people with depression by examining 558 people with various membership durations in 16 online support groups. Results indicated that membership duration was associated with age, self-defined condition, frequency of visits, active posting, the benefits gained from participation, and the level of depression. Related to both behavioral and psychological aspects of participation, these findings serve as a basis for suggesting a membership life cycle model that is exclusive for online support groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1261
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 5 Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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