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Canadian Post-Secondary Students’ Evaluations of an Online Discussion Forum as a Course-Related Activity: Predictors of Perceived Interpersonal Benefits

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Title: Canadian Post-Secondary Students’ Evaluations of an Online Discussion Forum as a Course-Related Activity: Predictors of Perceived Interpersonal Benefits
Author: Breslow, Leah
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Young, Arlene
Abstract: Forming healthy relationships as a post-secondary student is an important factor in maintaining general well-being and academic success. The current study examined whether participating in a course-related e-forum was associated with participant self-ratings of improvements in their relationship effectiveness. 167 students at a Canadian university completed surveys about their e-forum participation and experience, social inhibition, and demographics. Participants also completed several open-ended questions about their online experiences and their perception of improvements in their effectiveness in offline relationships. Results indicated that a majority of participants found that participating in the e-forum (most significantly self-disclosing online) was beneficial in terms of perceived increases in relationship effectiveness offline. Further, feeling validated on the e-forum mediated the relation between e-forum participation and perceived increases in relationship effectiveness. Results are discussed in terms of the potential benefit of non-academic university-led supports to undergraduate students.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9393
Date: 2015-10
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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