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("adolescent" OR "adolescents" OR "teenagers" OR "teenage" OR "students" OR "student") AND "social media" AND "mental health"

Deena Ashoorian, Kristy-Lee Albrecht, Casey Baxter, Erin Giftakis, Rhonda Clifford, Jayden Greenwell-Barnden, Tricia Wylde
AIM: University students have high rates of mental health problems; however, most delay or fail to seek help altogether. Tertiary settings can offer educational and social programmes to increase mental health awareness and in turn increase the number of students seeking help for their problems. This study aimed to explore students' and staffs' knowledge of mental health issues, confidence to intervene and application of skills following Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training. METHODS: Students and staff at an Australian university who had completed MHFA training in the previous 24 months were invited to complete a validated online questionnaire...
October 10, 2018: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
Kate Sustersic Gawlik, Gabriel Jeu, Victoria Reisinger
Mental illness is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in society. Undergraduate nursing students designed and implemented a mental health awareness campaign called the I Will Help You initiative as part of their senior leadership nursing course. The aims of the initiative were to: spread awareness on mental illness; give the general public the skills and resources needed to identify and assist individuals who are struggling with mental illness; and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness. A website, four online educational modules, four social media accounts, and two videos were designed by the students in order to promote the initiative...
September 2018: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Sydney Gibbons, Taylor Trette-McLean, AliceAnn Crandall, Jennie L Bingham, Cheryl L Garn, Jonathan C Cox
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to examine student perspectives about college mental health including the primary mental health issues affecting students, common college student stressors, student awareness of campus mental health resources, and mental health topics students want more information about. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were 822 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a private university. The study was conducted during September 2016. METHODS: As part of a public health course in program planning, undergraduate students surveyed their peers about their experience with mental health and mental health resources...
September 21, 2018: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Lisa Littman
PURPOSE: In on-line forums, parents have been reporting that their children are experiencing what is described here as "rapid-onset gender dysphoria," appearing for the first time during puberty or even after its completion. The onset of gender dysphoria seemed to occur in the context of belonging to a peer group where one, multiple, or even all of the friends have become gender dysphoric and transgender-identified during the same timeframe. Parents also report that their children exhibited an increase in social media/internet use prior to disclosure of a transgender identity...
2018: PloS One
Michelle O'Reilly, Nisha Dogra, Jason Hughes, Paul Reilly, Riya George, Natasha Whiteman
The growing prevalence of adolescent mental disorders poses significant challenges for education and healthcare systems globally. Providers are therefore keen to identify effective ways of promoting positive mental health. This aim of this qualitative study was to explore perceptions that social media might be leveraged for the purposes of mental health promotion amongst adolescents aged between 11 and 18 years. Utilizing focus groups conducted with adolescents (N = 54), educational professionals (N = 16) and mental health practitioners (N = 8)...
July 30, 2018: Health Promotion International
Franziska Widmer Howald, Marcel Schär Gmelch, Marie Peterseil
People with a positive body image are more content with their body, reflect their society's beauty ideals more critically, have the ability to care for their body and are better protected from depression. Adolescence represents a particularly critical period relating to the development of the body image. The results of 1023 adolescents between the age of 13 and 16 years are unambiguous: In both analyzed language parts of the country, the positive body image correlates significantly positive with mental health and significantly negative with the influence by the media...
July 2018: Praxis
Alan E Kazdin
Currently, in the United States and worldwide, the vast majority of children and adolescents in need of mental health services receive no treatment. Although there are many barriers, a key barrier is the dominant model of delivering psychosocial interventions. That model includes one-to-one, in-person treatment, with a trained mental health professional, provided in clinical setting (e.g., clinic, private practice office, health-care facility). That model greatly limits the scale and reach of psychosocial interventions...
June 13, 2018: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
Michelle O'Reilly, Nisha Dogra, Natasha Whiteman, Jason Hughes, Seyda Eruyar, Paul Reilly
Despite growing evidence of the effects of social media on the mental health of adolescents, there is still a dearth of empirical research into how adolescents themselves perceive social media, especially as knowledge resource, or how they draw upon the wider social and media discourses to express a viewpoint. Accordingly, this article contributes to this scarce literature. Six focus groups took place over 3 months with 54 adolescents aged 11-18 years, recruited from schools in Leicester and London (UK)...
May 1, 2018: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Ana Radovic, Alexandra L DeMand, Theresa Gmelin, Bradley D Stein, Elizabeth Miller
Two moderated social media websites were designed for increasing likelihood for mental health treatment engagement for depressed adolescents ( and for parents ( This paper describes iterative stakeholder interviews conducted with adolescents, young adults, parents, advocates, and clinicians and use of human computer interaction techniques to inform major design changes which: (1) underscored the role of online interaction to provide emotional support and information; (2) importance of anonymity; (3) desire to share positive media; and (4) need for frequent moderation...
2018: Journal of Technology in Human Services
Erin Kelleher, Megan Moreno, Megan Pumper Wilt
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and young adults frequently post depression symptom references on social media; previous studies show positive associations between depression posts and self-reported depression symptoms. Depression is common among young people and this population often experiences many barriers to mental health care. Thus, social media may be a new resource to identify, recruit, and intervene with young people at risk for depression. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to test a social media intervention on Tumblr...
April 12, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Richard G Booth, Britney N Allen, Krista M Bray Jenkyn, Lihua Li, Salimah Z Shariff
BACKGROUND: Despite the uptake of mass media campaigns, their overall impact remains unclear. Since 2011, a Canadian telecommunications company has operated an annual, large-scale mental health advocacy campaign (Bell Let's Talk) focused on mental health awareness and stigma reduction. In February 2012, the campaign began to explicitly leverage the social media platform Twitter and incented participation from the public by promising donations of Can $0.05 for each interaction with a campaign-specific username (@Bell_LetsTalk)...
April 6, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
Sushanth Bhat, Genevieve Pinto-Zipp, Hinesh Upadhyay, Peter G Polos
OBJECTIVES: The use of mobile device-based electronic social media (ESM) in bed is rapidly becoming commonplace, with potentially adverse impacts on sleep and daytime functioning. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which in-bed ESM use is associated with insomnia, daytime sleepiness, mood, and sleep duration in adults. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted among 855 hospital employees and university students (mean age, 43...
April 2018: Sleep Health
Jenna Glover, Sandra L Fritsch
This article reviews the available literature regarding the interaction between child and adolescent anxiety and electronic media. It reviews current research contributing to understanding of the correlation of youth anxiety with engagement in social media and other online platforms, including risk and protective factors. mHealth and eHealth prevention and treatment options, available via various digital resources, are discussed. Suggestions for mental health clinicians' assessment of client's online behaviors and a review of novel treatment options are provided...
April 2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Aliya Hisam, Iqra Safoor, Nawal Khurshid, Aakash Aslam, Farhan Zaid, Ayesha Muzaffar
Objective: To find out the association of psychological stress with political activism on social networking sites (SNS) in adults. To find association of psychological stress and political activism with age, gender and occupational status. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study of 8 months (Aug 2014 to March 2015) was conducted on young adults between age group of 20-40 years of different universities of Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Closed ended standardized questionnaires (i...
November 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Ana Radovic, Theresa Gmelin, Jing Hua, Cassandra Long, Bradley D Stein, Elizabeth Miller
BACKGROUND: Supporting Our Valued Adolescents (SOVA), a social media website for adolescents, was designed to increase mental health literacy and address negative health beliefs toward depression and/or anxiety diagnosis and treatment. This stakeholder-informed site underwent iterative user testing to evolve into its current version with daily blog posts, round-the-clock site moderation, and Web-based peer interaction to create an online support community. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the technological feasibility (at least 100 users on the site, logging in 12 to 18 times in the first 6 weeks) and acceptability of the SOVA site determined by the System Usability Scale (SUS)...
February 26, 2018: JMIR Mental Health
Sonja March, Jamin Day, Gabrielle Ritchie, Arlen Rowe, Jeffrey Gough, Tanya Hall, Chin Yan Jackie Yuen, Caroline Leanne Donovan, Michael Ireland
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence that e-mental health services are effective, consumer preferences still appear to be in favor of face-to-face services. However, the theory of planned behavior (TPB) suggests that cognitive intentions are more proximal to behavior and thus may have a more direct influence on service use. Investigating individual characteristics that influence both preferences and intentions to use e-mental health services is important for better understanding factors that might impede or facilitate the use of these services...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Faye Mishna, Cheryl Regehr, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Joanne Daciuk, Gwendolyn Fearing, Melissa Van Wert
AIM: Information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer immense benefits for university students including enhancing engagement and connections with others and promoting self-directed and interactive learning. Perceived anonymity and the absence of social cues, however, may contribute to risk of interpersonal aggression. While extensive research examines bullying in child and adolescent educational settings, this study addresses a gap regarding post-secondary environments. METHODS: An internet-based survey was provided to 5004 university students to examine the nature, extent and consequences of cyber-aggression...
June 2018: Journal of Mental Health
Emily Frith, Paul Loprinzi
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest social media may be an attractive strategy to promote mental health and wellness. There remains a need to examine the utility for individually tailored wellness messages posted to social media sites such as Facebook to facilitate positive psychological outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to extend the growing body of evidence supporting the potential for social media to enhance mental health. We evaluated the influence of an 8-week social media intervention on anxiety in college students and examined the impact of dynamic (active) versus static (passive) Facebook content on physical activity behaviors...
December 8, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
Ann M Price, Kate Devis, Gayle LeMoine, Sarah Crouch, Nicole South, Rosa Hossain
INTRODUCTION: Social media rapidly disseminates information but is a controversial learning platform in nurse education. This study aimed to explore how students viewed the use of Twitter, and other social media, in their first year of a nursing degree. AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate first year student nurses' use of social media, before and after commencing a pre-registration programme, where Twitter was used in a module. METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional approach using a descriptive survey was completed...
February 2018: Nurse Education Today
Christopher T Barry, Chloe L Sidoti, Shanelle M Briggs, Shari R Reiter, Rebecca A Lindsey
This study investigated adolescent and parent reports of adolescent social media use and its relation to adolescent psychosocial adjustment. The sample consisted of 226 participants (113 parent-adolescent dyads) from throughout the United States, with adolescents (55 males, 51 females, 7 unreported) ranging from ages 14 to 17. Parent and adolescent reports of the number of adolescents' social media accounts were moderately correlated with parent-reported DSM-5 symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity/impulsivity, ODD, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, as well as adolescent-reported fear of missing out (FoMO) and loneliness...
December 2017: Journal of Adolescence
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