Social capital and social support on the web: The case of an internet mother site

Academic Article


  • Do virtual communities in cyberspace foster social capital and social support? Using participant observation and discourse analysis, we examine a mothering board on a parent's website and investigate whether social capital was present, and if so, how it was developed and used. We find three main types of communication emerge from our analysis: emotional support, instrumental support - both formal and informal, and community building/protection, all of which contribute to the creation and maintenance of social capital. Additionally, using sampling with replacement, we created a final data set of 180 mothers and report descriptive statistics to identify characteristics of those on the board. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd/Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness 2005.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 23471885
  • Author List

  • Drentea P; Moren-Cross JL
  • Start Page

  • 920
  • End Page

  • 943
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 7