- University of Ljubljana
- Department of Sociology, Centre for Methodology and Informatics
|Work history||Since 2013: Research Assistant at Centre for Methodology and Informatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Kardeljeva pl. 5, SI-1000 Ljubljana);|
|Study history||2013- : PhD Student of Social Informatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
2011-2013: Master of Social Informatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Master’s thesis: “Empowerment in online social fields through Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power”, Mentors: assist. prof Gregor Petrič, PhD and assist. prof. Tanja Kamin, PhD).
2007-2011: Bachelor of Social Informatics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (Bachelor’s degree: “Scientific community of social informatics: scientific speciality analysis”, Mentors: prof. Vasja Vehovar, PhD and prof. Franc Mali, PhD).
|Publications||Atanasova, S., Kamin, T., & Petrič, G. (2017). Exploring the benefits and challenges of health professionals’ participation in online health communities: Emergence of (dis) empowerment processes and outcomes. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 98, 13-21.
Petrič, G., Atanasova, S., & Kamin, T. (2017). Impact of Social Processes in Online Health Communities on Patient Empowerment in Relationship With the Physician: Emergence of Functional and Dysfunctional Empowerment. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(3).
Petrič, G., & Atanasova, S. (2015). Spoštljivost v deliberaciji: Konceptualni premisleki, alternativna operacionalizacija in empirična validacija [Respect in deliberation: Conceptual reflections, alternative operationalisation and empirical validation]. Teorija in Praksa, 52(6), 1143.
Atanasova, S. & Petrič, G. (2014). Spletne skupnosti: tipologija in temeljne značilnosti [Online communities: Typology and fundamental characteristics]. Družboslovne razprave, (75), 85-106.
Empowerment as a communicative process in online health communities: A Bourdieuian perspective
This study aims to investigate and analyze empowerment process in online health communities (OHCs). The role of OHCs in empowerment process has remarkably increased in the last decade; as such communities are seen as a type of support groups that provide access to health-related information, advocacy of key health issues and possibility for people to meet their health-related needs. The research strives to demonstrate how empowerment process develops, evolves and occurs in OHCs on the basis of two main objectives: First, to develop theoretical framework for understanding complex and multidimensional process of empowerment in the context of online social spaces, such as OHCs. Second, on the basis of provided conceptual framework propose a methodological model for researching the process of empowerment in the OHCs.