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dc.contributor.advisorHawley, Jana Marie, 1955-eng
dc.contributor.advisorMyers, Betheng
dc.contributor.authorWhitteker, Bellyn K.eng
dc.date.issued2011eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Falleng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 8, 2012).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisors: Jana Hawley, PhD. and Beth Myers, PhD.eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2011.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Textile and apparel management.eng
dc.description"December 2011"eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The purpose of this study was to explore and understand the advantages of e-community support for those who have weight control issues. A qualitative content analysis method was used to explore the benefits of e-communities on weight loss for females. The focus of this study was within two websites, 3FatChicks.com and Weight Watchers.com. A simple random sampling (SRS) of three days per week sampling technique was used. The women observed within the e-community, offer feedback through the use of Short Message Service, emoticons, and the conversations themselves. A content analysis of the communications revealed emerging themes that were grouped into three major categories: Communication/Knowledge, Physiological, and Socioemotional. The collected data indicates that an online weight loss support group can be beneficial for women, not only for weight loss but also the physiological and socio-emotional effects.eng
dc.format.extentv, 77 pageseng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/14585
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campuses of the University of Missouri.eng
dc.subjectcontent analysiseng
dc.subjectshort message service (SMS)eng
dc.subjecte-communityeng
dc.subjectsupport groupeng
dc.titleE-community support for weight losseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineTextile and apparel management (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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