The use of Internet cancer support groups by ethnic minorities.


Journal Article (Review)

Recent studies have indicated that Internet Cancer Support Groups (ICSGs) tend to serve highly educated, high-income Whites at an early stage of cancer. Why do very few ethnic minority cancer patients, especially ethnic minority women, participate in ICSGs? In this article, the possible answers to this question are explored through a literature review from a feminist perspective. The potential reasons identified through the review include (a) gender and ethnic differences in attitudes toward ICSGs, (b) gender and ethnic differences in need for help, and (c) gender- and ethnic-specific contexts. Based on the discussion, implications for future research are proposed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Chee, W

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 74 - 82

PubMed ID

  • 18217235

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18217235

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-6596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1043659607309140


  • eng