- The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology
- List of Contributors
- Introduction to the Handbook
- Social interaction and the Internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain
- Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages
- Trust and social interaction on the Internet
- Trust in Mediated Interactions
- Assessing interactivity in computer-mediated research
- Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction
- Characterizing online groups
- Social networks and online community
- Online social support groups
- Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online
- The psychological dimensions of collective action, online
- Personality, individual differences and Internet use
- Through the Internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self
- Impression management and identity online
- Self-disclosure, Privacy and the Internet
- Computer-mediated communication and social identity
- Attitude change and social influence on the net
- Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online
- Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet
- Internet use and abuse and psychological problems
- Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour
- Tokyo youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outings
- The methodology of Internet-based experiments
- Designing online experiments
- Gathering data on the Internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods research
- Context effects in Internet surveys: New issues and evidence
- Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not
- Technical considerations when implementing online research
- Using Online Panels in Psychological Research
- Internet research ethics
Abstract and Keywords
This article explores the role of the Internet in health behaviour, with particular emphasis on the issue of trust and trusting behaviours, as this is seen as key to determining the impact of the Internet on health outcomes. It is organized as follows. The first section discusses the role of the Internet in the context of health information and advice, exploring broader issues such as user motivation and outcomes in terms of perceived health benefits, as well as interactions with healthcare professionals. The article then goes on to examine the types of health websites available, and explores issues of advice and information quality. The following section examines the context of trust in relation to online health advice and information, and presents a staged model of trust that helps reconcile differences in the literature. The last section presents a validation of the staged model through in-depth, longitudinal qualitative work.
Elizabeth Sillence, School of Psychology and Sports Sciences, Northumbria University.
Pam Briggs, School of Psychology and Sports Sciences, Northumbria University.
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