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Social comparison within self-help groups: Views of parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Hodges, L and Dibb, B (2010) Social comparison within self-help groups: Views of parents of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy Journal of Health Psychology, 15 (4). pp. 483-492.

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This study used a qualitative approach to examine the experiences of parents participating as members of the Duchenne Family Support Group (DFSG), with a focus on whether social comparison occurred within this group. Eight parents were interviewed about their experiences of being a member. Thematic analysis was used to identify themes inductively. The study uncovered a wide range of social comparisons, including upward and downward comparisons on illness and coping dimensions, with both positive and negative affects. The results highlighted the complexity of socially comparing within the context of chronic illness, particularly in an illness in which deterioration is inevitable. Copyright © 2010 SAGE Publications.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Hodges, L
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1177/1359105309355491
Uncontrolled Keywords : Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Parents, Self-help groups, Social comparison, Support groups, adaptive behavior, adult, article, child parent relation, chronic disease, comparative study, disease course, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, female, human, male, middle aged, observer variation, pathophysiology, psychological aspect, self help, social behavior, Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Chronic Disease, Disease Progression, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne, Observer Variation, Parent-Child Relations, Self-Help Groups, Social Behavior
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Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:45
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:00

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