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Content and Usefulness of an Internet Discussion Forum for Parents of Autistic Children

Catherine des Rivières-Pigeon, Isabelle Courcy, Nathalie Poirier

Every day, millions of people use the Internet to lookup information, confide in or offer their help to others. This article presents an analysis of discussions on an Internet forum created for parents of children with autism. It’s objective is to describe these parents’ concerns and to understand how the forums could be a source of social support. The results highlight the efforts put forward by the mothers to seek proper services for the child. The proactive role played by the mothers is also brought up.