An internet-based support intervention for individuals treated with ileoanal reservoir surgery
Yoon, Sook Kyung
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ABSTRACT This study examined the use of the Internet blog, jpouch.net, as a mechanism to achieve positive mental outcomes in survivors of chronic ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, and familial polyposis. This study was a part of a larger study that will assess the psychological benefits following the expression of positive emotions for the individuals making and reading comments via the blog, where positive emotional expression was operationally defined using Fredrickson’s Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotion. The present study was designed to examine the use of the online support network and supportive blog, Jpouch.net, by individuals who await or have completed the ileoanal reservoir surgery and the information-seeking behavior of these individuals and to describe the related psychological benefits that arise from online social support. The study describes the impact of the online support network on the quality of life and mental health of individuals who will or have completed the J-pouch surgery. Survey data were assessed for statistically significance in descriptive analysis, using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). As results were compiled, researchers extracted pertinent content and interpreted its potential meaning and implications for the population being studied. The research was conducted collaboratively with students and faculty from several different departments, including social work, communications, and biochemistry, and textiles.