My name is Elise Candy and I am a psychology honours
student at Griffith University, QLD, Australia. I am 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 here at Griffith University.
The title of my research project is ‘Testing a model
for online support group use, empowerment processes and psychosocial outcomes
for headache sufferers.’ 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, their own personal
resources and coping strategies and quality of life.
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
from frequent headaches/migraines for at least 6 months and suffered
from headaches/migraines on average at least once per week.
years of age or older
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 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 Link: https://prodsurvey.rcs.griffith.edu.au/prodls190/index.php?sid=84519&lang=en
Your support in this research would be greatly
The Research Team,
Professor Paul Martin and Elise Candy
Disclaimer: Permission has been granted by the
support group moderator (Peter) to recruit participants for this research from
this support group.