Social Support and Online Male Infertility Discussion Groups: A Thematic Analysis - PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Phyllis Zelkowitz

Supervisor's Email: phyllis.zelkowitz [at]

Supervisor's Phone: (514) 340-8222 loc. 5258

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Psychology

Course number: PSYC 396 (Psychology)

Term: Fall 2015-2016

Project start date: Friday, September 4, 2015

Project end date: Monday, December 7, 2015

Project title: Social Support and Online Male Infertility Discussion Groups: A Thematic Analysis

Project description (50-100 words suggested): An increasing number of men are facing fertility concerns. Infertility can result in negative social and emotional outcomes. The stigma associated with infertility may affect preferences in how social support is given and perceived. The Internet offers easily accessible sources of information and support for patients. However, there is a dearth of online support for men with fertility concerns. The proposed research will explore how infertile men use online discussion boards to receive social support. The messages posted on one online discussion board will be examined and coded using qualitative data analysis software to determine the types of support that are conveyed.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance as evaluated by the research supervisor (30%) and the final written research report graded by the supervisor and the course coordinator (70%).

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.