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.
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.
In a new publication together with Nienke Moor (available here) about what drives changes in church attendance we find new support for an old theory, which was believed to be dead by some: the steady increase in tertiary education gradually eroded church attendance rates in the past decades in Western countries.
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.
One together with Tom van der Meer about political socialization in voluntary associations (or the lack thereof)
One together with Ioana van Deurzen and Wim van Oorschot about whether income inequality furthers depression and what role coping resources may play in preventing this.
This paper by Elena Damian and myself was recently published in a special issue “Social Media and Social Capital” (edited by Sonja Utz & Nicole Muscanell) of the open access journal Societies.
You can read it here
11 December 2014
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