Set in the tradition of studies that look at digital interactions, this paper aimsto explore the dimension of illness as referred to by informal caregivers in onlineexchanges. The research attempts to a) describe posts as mediated illness stories bycomparing them to the storytelling in interaction model (Mishler), and b) explore whatis revealed about the writer. A data set of 7371 posts (including sub-replies) has beenstudied as personal narratives in non-clinical therapeutic exchanges by means of DigitalConversation Analysis (Giles et al.), and investigated as written emotional disclosure(Pennebaker). Posts are found to convey explicit and implicit messages to beunderstood and incorporated into health promotion efforts, beliefs and issues. Thepaper makes a contribution to the field of medical humanities by proposing onlineposts as third-person accounts of illness experiences, and as the linguistic manifestationof caregivers’ (CGs) state of mind. Although digital settings have already been studiedin the context of medical exchanges, this is the first study involving informal caretakers’exchanges.
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|