All posts by Erik Van Ingen

Two papers on getting help using the Internet

Two new publications from my project on how individuals use the Internet when dealing with negative life events.
With Sonja Utz and Vera Toepoel I showed how online coping can be measured and which online activities are helpful. This paper was published online in Social Science Computer Review.
With Kevin Wright I showed that the Internet is especially helpful for those who report feelings of loneliness, social isolation, and low self-esteem. In addition, we found that men mobilized more online coping resources than women. The paper will be published in Computers and Human Behavior and can be downloaded here.

Talk Kevin Wright on online support groups at TiU

On Wednesday 14 October (12:30-13:30; CZ-8) Kevin B. Wright (George Mason University) will give a talk entitled “More than Medicine: Online Support Groups for Individuals Facing Stigmatized Health Conditions.” Kevin is a renowned scholar in the area of social support and health and he has been studying online support groups for more than 15 years. He will talk about some of his current and future research projects in this area.
Registration is not required.

For more information on Kevin Wright look here or here.

Secularization and opinions about abortion, euthanasia, divorce, and homosexuality

In a new paper entitled “Secularization and Changing Moral Views: European Trends in Church Attendance and Views on Homosexuality, Divorce, Abortion, and Euthanasia” (HDAE) (see publications) together with Loek Halman we show that decreasing church attendance leads to greater acceptance of HDAE on average. However, the opinions do not simply shift from unacceptable to acceptable (which would cause polarization). Instead, among non-churchgoers there is a large variation of opinions, including convictions that these practices are unacceptable.