A linguistic analysis of female and male Opening posts on an online forum dedicated to pain

Collins, Luke and Semino, Elena (2024) A linguistic analysis of female and male Opening posts on an online forum dedicated to pain. Language and Health. pp. 1-32. ISSN 2949-9038 (In Press)

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Abstract

Previous research has highlighted differences in the way that men and women talk about pain and in the extent to which word choices correspond with language-based diagnostic tools for pain, specifically, the McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ). In this study, we apply procedures from Corpus Linguistics, in which computer software assists in identifying statistically significant patterns in language use, to explore 8,697 Opening posts to an online forum dedicated to pain. We determine the extent to which descriptions of pain in the forum include terms that appear in the MPQ and we consider female contributions and male contributions to investigate how reports of pain and its effects relate to gender. Our findings show that there is a large set of vocabulary that is used by both female and male contributors in relation to various aspects of pain experiences. In addition, female contributors to the forum use a wider variety of terms in reference to the quality, intensity, duration and regularity of pain, including a larger number of terms that appear in the MPQ. In sum, female contributors use a wider range of terms in relation to pain and differences in the contexts in which female and male contributors discuss the impacts of pain correspond with gender tropes. Understanding the impacts of pain on individuals’ social lives and recognising how this and the articulation of pain experiences is informed by gender conventions can help health professionals to respond effectively.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Language and Health
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Research Output Funding/yes_externally_funded
Subjects:
?? genderpain descriptorsmpqonline forumcorpus linguisticsyes - externally fundedno ??
ID Code:
221838
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Deposited On:
09 Jul 2024 15:00
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
In Press
Last Modified:
16 Jul 2024 01:22