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Coping through blogging: a review of studies on the potential benefits of weblogs for stress reduction


Petko, Dominik; Egger, Nives; Schmitz, Felix Michael; Totter, Alexandra; Hermann, Thomas; Guttormsen, Sissel (2015). Coping through blogging: a review of studies on the potential benefits of weblogs for stress reduction. Cyberpsychology : Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberpspace, 9(2):online.

Abstract

his paper provides a descriptive overview of the empirical evidence for potential effects of reflective weblog writing for coping with stress. Seventeen studies meeting the inclusion criteria are summarized in a systematic synopsis. Sixteen studies focus on self-initiated blogging in informal contexts. Only one study examines mandated weblog writing for coping in an institutionalized context. Results indicate that the public nature of weblogs opens up a variety of possibilities for both problem-focused and emotion-focused coping, most importantly through social support. Although these studies show promising results, it remains unclear if and how the benefits of self-initiated blogging can be transferred to more formal settings. Thus, future research should examine how blogging can be mandated and scaffolded in order to foster coping strategies and decrease stress levels. For this purpose, experimentally controlled and longitudinal studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach.

Abstract

his paper provides a descriptive overview of the empirical evidence for potential effects of reflective weblog writing for coping with stress. Seventeen studies meeting the inclusion criteria are summarized in a systematic synopsis. Sixteen studies focus on self-initiated blogging in informal contexts. Only one study examines mandated weblog writing for coping in an institutionalized context. Results indicate that the public nature of weblogs opens up a variety of possibilities for both problem-focused and emotion-focused coping, most importantly through social support. Although these studies show promising results, it remains unclear if and how the benefits of self-initiated blogging can be transferred to more formal settings. Thus, future research should examine how blogging can be mandated and scaffolded in order to foster coping strategies and decrease stress levels. For this purpose, experimentally controlled and longitudinal studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Education
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:weblogs, blogging, writing therapy, coping, stress, review
Language:English
Date:1 August 2015
Deposited On:29 Apr 2019 06:58
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 23:38
Publisher:Masaryk University
ISSN:1802-7962
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5817/cp2015-2-5

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