With a Little Help From My Acquaintances: Military Spouse Sojourners, Facebook Groups, and Coping with Acculturative Stressors

Smyk, Sonya
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2016]
The study sought to establish whether resource mobilization attempts in the Facebook Group (FBG) environment helped sojourners to deal with acculturative stressors. It was posited that the architecture and affordances of the FBG environment would be salient to its efficacy as a coping resource. Berry’s stress and coping framework was used to assess coping with acculturative stress. The study comprised a qualitative analysis of interviews with a sample of military spouse sojourners on Oahu. It was found that resource mobilization attempts in Facebook Groups help sojourners to cope with acculturative stressors by linking them with valuable social capital resources that yield primarily informational support. The architecture and affordances of the FBG environment played an important role in the coping process. The literature suggested that similar results could emerge for other Groups of sojourners, so long as they had an aspect of common identity, such as national origin or occupation.
M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2016.
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