What Do Kids Express Online About Illness?
This presentation will outline research conducted from analyzing 3.8 million online interactions about illness from pediatric patients. For example, 53% express uncertainty (fear, anxiety, feeling helpless), 38% express desperation (anger, resentment, frustration), and 9% express confidence (control, appreciation, empowerment). This session details strategies to engage with and support young people with serious illness online.
Identify places where young patients interact online about their illness.
Explore the three primary reasons that young people choose to interact online about illness.
Explore supporting young people with serious illness online.
After working as a middle school teacher in Bozeman, MT, I returned to school to earn my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA, with a dissertation exploring posttraumatic growth in parents of chronically ill children. I completed internship at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Ojai, CA, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research. Now I work in private practice and as an Educational Psychologist at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder, CO.