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We are sociology doctoral students at the University of Arizona, who analyzed thousands of posts made to the SuicideWatch subreddit. We found that it may be serving as a unique space for men and boys to receive gender-specific emotional support.


by approach I mean how reddit commenters (I assume moderators are among the commenters) engage and support people who show signs of distress.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

We are unaware of any prior research on this specific topic within sociology, though there may be a few studies. Is there any resources you can maybe provide that elaborate this more? I just did a Google scholar search and found studies analyzing the practices of extremist groups, and we can theorize about these actions and behaviors. However, context is extremely important in these analyses. I am wondering if someone is currently working on a project analyzing the U.S. context in re: to this.

I don't know of any studies -- just anecdotes of recruitment strategies by people who have left extremist groups (I'm not sure how academics could reasonably get access to active group members without basically infiltrating such groups).

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Original Poster2 points · 1 month ago

I think this could be an interesting avenue of research, so thank you for that suggestion.

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