I am a doctoral student at Texas Tech University and I am studying communication issues related to diabetes care. I’d like to examine texts in your online support group in order to better understand how information is exchanged and identity is constructed through narrative texts online.
Over a period of 6 weeks (March 16 to April 20) I will read the posts on these forums, make notes, and request interviews from several members. I will not participate in the conversations themselves.
The final product of the study will be a paper I hope to publish. If the study is published I will not use any member names and I will seek permission from individuals to publish anything that is directly quoted.
Participating in this research is strictly on a volunteer basis. Participants must be 18 years or older.
If you do not want to participate, please reply to this message and I will eliminate any of your messages from my study.
Thanks so much for your help!