Qualitative research in the area of eating disorders (EDs) has predominantly focused on females, whilst the experiences of males' remains poorly understood. Due to the secretive nature of eating problems/Eds it can be difficult to explore the experiences of males with these problems; however, online support groups/message boards, which are common and popular, provide a non-invasive forum for researchers to conduct research. This study analyzed naturally occurring discussions on an Internet message board dedicated to males and eating problems using content analysis. Two major overarching themes of emotional expression (sharing feelings of disturbed eating attitudes and emotions; being secretive) and support (informational and emotional) were identified. The message board provided a vital support system for this group, suggesting that online message boards may be an important avenue for health professionals to provide information, support, and advice.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Cyber Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Oct 2011|
- Eating Disorder
- Online Expression
- Online Support
- Thematic Analysis