Griffiths, K.M., Calear, A.L., & Banfield, M. (2009). Systematic review on Internet Support Groups (ISGs) and depression (1): Do ISGs reduce depressive symptoms? Journal of Medical Internet Research, 11(3), e40-e40.doi:10.2196/jmir.1270
To evaluate the evidence concerning the efficacy of Internet support groups (ISGs) in reducing symptoms of depression
There is a need for high-quality research regarding the effect of ISGs on symptoms of depression.
This systematic review included data from studies available as of July 2007. Internet use and and social networking have increased since 2007—a fact that could alter the findings about the use and effect of ISGs. More research in this area is needed.
This review points to the need for high-quality research in this area. Theoretically, ISGs could be important for users who are isolated or unable to access face-to-face services readily; therefore, further research should be done.