Research Opportunity: The Benefits of Accessing Online Support Groups

A unique research opportunity for community members:

Hello Community Members,

My name is Elise Candy and I am a psychology honors student at Griffith University, Australia and have had personal experience with the debilitating impact of Migraines not only physically, but psychologically.

I am currently conducting research into the use of online support groups for headache disorder sufferers in conjunction with my supervisor Professor Paul Martin, a prominent researcher and clinician in the headache disorder field and Head of School at Griffith University.

The aim of this project is to determine how accessing headache support groups online impacts on the individual in terms of personal empowerment and its relationship with various psychosocial outcomes, including coping with headaches, self-care self-efficacy in headache management and health-related quality of life.

We believe that this project is important because it will help develop an understanding of how using online support groups empower headache sufferers in terms of headache management and their own personal resources and coping strategies. We also believe that community members might find participating in this research beneficial, with the potential for increased understanding of one’s own coping resources and the potential empowerment processes associated with using such online headache support groups as this.

To complete this survey we require that you meet the following criteria:-

1) Suffered from frequent headaches/migraines for at least 6 months and suffered from headaches/migraines on average at least once per week.

2) 18 years of age or older

3) Have previously used online support groups such as this one (there is no minimum number of visits to these sites to prevent participation!)

The survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time to complete!

Please follow the link below to find out more information about participating in this research and completing the online survey!

Survey Link:

Your support in this research would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

The Research Team,

Professor Paul Martin and Elise Candy

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