Using Online Photo Sharing to Support Parents with Type One Diabetic Children

Hajar Alamri, Reeva Lederman, R. Bosua

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The rise of online photo sharing platforms has encouraged an increasing number of people to share online their lived experience as a carer of a child with a chronic condition. This study aims to explore the effectiveness of using online photo sharing platforms to support parents of chronically ill children.
We use individual interviews and an analysis of Instagram posts to study parents of Type 1 diabetic children who actively engage in photo sharing. Findings show online photo sharing supports parents in coping with their child’s condition and in sharing their experience with and supporting other parents. Photos have a significant capacity to deliver personal experience and therefore in enhancing relationships between participants. Participants express the greater ability of photos over text in validating their experience. More specifically, personal photos create more trust in the provided information. This supports the idea that photo sharing can provide opportunities for emotions-focused
coping skills, not as easily provided by text.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Event29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems - the University of Technology Sydney's main campus, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Dec 20185 Dec 2018


Conference29th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleACIS2018
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