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

Hajar Alamri, Reeva Lederman, Rachelle Bosua

UTS | Published : 2018

Abstract

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 e..

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