University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

The Rise and Fall of ‘’: Dilemmas and Opportunities When Creating Online Forums to Investigate Health Behaviour

Stepney, Melissa (2014) The Rise and Fall of ‘’: Dilemmas and Opportunities When Creating Online Forums to Investigate Health Behaviour. Health & Place, 27. pp. 51-58. ISSN 1353-8292

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


This paper explores the potential dilemmas and opportunities for setting up online discussion forums when undertaking research on health-related behaviour. It draws on the setting up of a website called ‘’ which sought to understand young women's relationship(s) with alcohol and their feelings about drinking and drunkenness. I reflect on how the use of virtual space may allow for more liberated and ‘free’ talk about sensitive topics in health, yet at the same time may create a voyeuristic and potentially abusive environment. In doing so, I explore the ultimate demise of the website and therefore the potential problems of utilising online methods. I suggest that researchers need to carefully mitigate and negotiate harm when considering such methods, whilst also acknowledging how participants themselves resist and negotiate risk in virtual places.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

Staff and students at the University of Worcester can access the full-text of the online published article via the UW online library search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: alcohol, women, online, Internet, health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Melissa Stepney
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2019 18:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:30

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.