Ms Diana Murray
BA (Hons) Monash University
PhD Research Title: “Bipolar disorder and the internet”
Supervisors: Dr. Bianca Brijnath, Dr. David Holmes
Diana completed her BA (Hons) in Sociology at Monash University in 2010. As a full time PhD student Diana has recently joined the Department of General Practice. Diana presented at the TASA (The Australian Sociological Association) Conference in 2010 on lay people’s views of emergent reproductive technologies for genetic selection, and in 2013 on social attitudes and practices of stigma and discrimination towards the mentally ill.
Currently, within an Australian-based context, Diana is using a qualitative research paradigm to explore the ways in which people suffering from Bipolar Disorder engage with the internet media. Using a purposive sampling method Diana has examined the content of three non-government run internet sites, a selection of online personal narrative testimonies about living with Bipolar Disorder and is investigating the content of online chat sites. In addition to the online content Diana aims to draw upon interview with participants who have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in order to obtain an in-depth interpretation of their internet use.
Studying the interaction between people with Bipolar Disorder and the internet as a place for providing them with resources will contribute to understanding how to improve their health and wellbeing. Learning about why and how bipolar sufferers engage with the internet will provide an understanding of their special needs the knowledge from which may be used in primary health care settings.