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Searching for help online: An analysis of peer-to-peer posts on a male-only infertility forum.

Authors
  • Hanna, Esmée1
  • Gough, Brendan1
  • 1 Leeds Beckett University, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
7
Pages
917–928
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105316644038
PMID: 27106090
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Men's experiences of infertility help seeking are under-researched and thus less widely understood than women's experiences, with men's needs for support often missing from reproductive research knowledge. This article presents a thematic analysis of peer-to-peer posts within the context of a UK men-only online infertility forum. The key themes demonstrate that men value male support from those with experience, and that masculinity influences help-seeking requests and men's accounts more broadly. We highlight the value of such online communities in offering support to men in need while recognising the importance of further research across other online settings in order to inform practice around supporting men in the reproductive realm.

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