School of Communication and the Arts
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)
Carol E. Hepburn
type 1 diabetes, online health information, adolescent, young adult, self-management, semiotics
Zhao, Laura Elizabeth, "The Semiotics of Type 1 Diabetes: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Publicly Accessible Information" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4522.
The purpose of this qualitative content analysis was to explore the content and semiotic structure of publicly accessible type 1 diabetes information and assess what content is tailored to the adolescent and young adult population. As an effort to enhance adolescent and young adult self-management practices and outcomes, this research aimed to better understand what information is accessible to the type 1 diabetes community and the ways in which it is categorized. Framed by Greimasian semiotics, ten peer-reviewed sources were selected and coded using frequency and thematic analysis. This comparative process identified five themes including Management, Staying Alive, Type 1 How-Tos, Management is Happening, and Type 1 Management Outcomes. Collectively, these themes revealed two canonical narrative schemas within public type 1 diabetes information. These findings benefit health authorities and professionals, as they provide credible insights into the health information being communicated to and consumed by individuals living with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones. Keywords: type 1 diabetes, online health information, adolescent, young adult, self-management, semiotics
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