Dusted Community: Piloting a Virtual Peer-to-Peer Support Community for People with an Asbestos-Related Diagnosis and Their Families

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Desirée Kozlowski

2014

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  • Increasing social connectedness can lead to increased feelings of personal empowerment and may inhibit chronic stress responses
  • The authors report on the development, via a process of participatory action research, of an online peer-to-peer support group, and the first 30-day test phase of this virtual community
  • Initial indications are that individuals with an asbestos-related diagnosis and their carers can benefit, in psychosocial terms, from membership of an on-line support group comprised of experientially similar others
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