Coping with Obesity: The Use of Problem and Emotion Focused Strategies on Weight Watchers.com Message Boards

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dc.contributor.author Asbury, Mary Beth
dc.contributor.author Woszidlo, Alesia
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-16T19:37:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-16T19:37:53Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5348
dc.description.abstract This study examined the communication associated with overweight and obese individuals on Weight Watchers.com message boards. Data was systematically sampled from two separate Weight Watcher.com message boards and then coded for 14 various problem- and emotion-focused coping strategies. Findings indicate that on-line posters used more emotion-focused coping strategies (i.e., seeking support for emotional reasons and communicating acceptance) than problem-focused coping strategies (i.e., active coping and planning). Further, people were using the Weight Watchers site primarily as a way to elicit support and communicate encouragement rather than as a means to receive information about actual strategies to lose weight. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Communication, College of Liberal Arts en_US
dc.publisher Ohio Communication Journal
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Coping en_US
dc.subject Obesity en_US
dc.subject Content analysis en_US
dc.subject On-line communication en_US
dc.subject Social support en_US
dc.title Coping with Obesity: The Use of Problem and Emotion Focused Strategies on Weight Watchers.com Message Boards en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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