This paper is based in part on the doctoral dissertation research of Joshua Fogel for his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology at Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Bronx, New York 10461, USA.
Racial/ethnic differences and potential psychological benefits in use of the internet by women with breast cancer
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 107–117, March 2003
How to Cite
Fogel, J., Albert, S. M., Schnabel, F., Ann Ditkoff, B. and Neugut, A. I. (2003), Racial/ethnic differences and potential psychological benefits in use of the internet by women with breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 12: 107–117. doi: 10.1002/pon.617
- Issue published online: 25 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 DEC 2001
- Manuscript Received: 8 MAY 2001
Many websites on the Internet offer information to breast cancer patients and are increasingly being used. The authors investigated the potential psychological benefits of Internet use and how it varied as a function of race/ethnicity among 180 white, African American, and Hispanic American breast cancer patients who used the Internet for medical information. Using standardized psychological measures, as measured by the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (ISEL), Internet use among minorities was associated with greater overall, appraisal, and tangible social support (p's<0.05) but not belonging and self-esteem social support than among whites. No differences were observed for stress, depressive symptoms, loneliness, and coping. Since numerous studies suggest that social support may be related to survival, Internet use for breast health issues may have special clinical relevance to racial/ethnic minority groups. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.