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Exploring Mental Health Issues through the Use of Blogs: A Scoping Review of the Research Evidence.

Murphy, E., Donohue, G. & McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 (2020). Exploring Mental Health Issues through the Use of Blogs: A Scoping Review of the Research Evidence.. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41(4), pp. 296-305. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1666326


The aim of this scoping review of the available research evidence was to explore the experiences and perceptions of people with mental health difficulties through the use of blogs. A search of relevant electronic databases was undertaken from January 2009 to February 2019. Selected studies included people who blog about their mental health difficulties online. The PRISMA system was used to present the results of the searches. Following the application of specific inclusion and exclusion criteria, the final number of included studies was eleven. Following data analysis, the subordinate categories in the public category were moderation, confidentiality and boundaries. The subordinate categories in the private sphere included catharsis, enhanced coping strategies and social connectedness. The implications for mental health practice developments and research, are presented and discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Issues in Mental Health Nursing, Esther Murphy, GrĂ¡inne Donohue & Edward McCann (2020) Exploring Mental Health Issues through the Use of Blogs: A Scoping Review of the Research Evidence, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 41:4, 296-305. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher Keywords: mental health, health promotion, literature review, blogs, Internet
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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