Cognitive theories of depression in online peer support forums: exploring the cognitive triad

Pierce, Naomi and Hoelterhoff, Mark (2017) Cognitive theories of depression in online peer support forums: exploring the cognitive triad. Journal of European Psychology Students, 8 (1). pp. 7-14.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5334/jeps.405

Abstract

This paper explores peer communication in an online support forum for depression, through displays of Beck’s cognitive triad. Theoretical semantic thematic analysis of the textual conversations of forum users generated preliminary information on the internet as a platform for the manifestation of depressive symptoms. The study consisted of a two-phase approach. Phase one looked for demonstration of the cognitive triad in user conversations. Phase two analysed how users depicted and responded to peer cognitive distortions, and will form a separate publication. Findings suggest that the cognitive triad is evident in the online textual communication of peer support group members. The practical applications and limitations of the research are discussed in terms of recommendations for future work.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of European Psychology Students
Publisher: Ubiquity Press
ISSN: 2222-6931
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 07:36
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2017 08:02
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3223

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