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Authority and unsolicited advice in online forums for carers of people living with dementia

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Felicity Slocombe
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Advice-giving and requesting is a complex interactional task that has been well-explored by the theoretical and analytical approaches of discursive psychology (DP) and conversation analysis (CA). However, these approaches have not previously been employed to analyse advice in the context of an online forum for carers of people living with dementia (PLWD). In this article I present how DP, with insights from both DP and CA research, can be employed to explore advice in the specific context of peer interaction on the Carers UK online forum. A single extract is presented as evidence for how a troubles-telling format can be employed to request advice in a way which places little obligation upon a potential commenter-a low-contingency request. As found in other research, this format resulted in advice being provided by commenters. The deontic and epistemic authority of the advice given by commenters will be used to display the sophistication with which commenters frame their advice to align to the indirect nature in which the advice was requested.
Felicity Slocombe
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This poster will be presented at the Alzheimer's research UK conference in March 2021. It is based upon my MSc dissertation looking at authority and unsolicited advice in an online forum for carers of people living with dementia