School of Communication and the Arts
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication (PhD)
athletic trainer, patient privacy, community of practice, uses and gratifications, wisdom of the crowd, social media
Schwartz-Strickland, Allison M., "Communication and Community: The Impact of Closed Facebook Groups on Athletic Trainers" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4953.
This qualitative research study will use semi-structured interviews to explore the motivations of athletic trainers using social media for professional collaboration. The socio-psychological tradition is used to frame the study. Communities of practice, uses and gratification theory, and the Wisdom of the Crowd model are used as the guiding theoretical perspectives as they provide a framework for understanding how and why athletic trainers use social media. This qualitative study sought to show the impact of closed Facebook Group participation on athletic trainers. How athletic trainers understand patient privacy laws when participating in closed Facebook groups for athletic trainers will also be explored.