#The Darker Side of Adolescents' use of Social Media What negative effects does social media use have on adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing?

Hoare, Leanne (2017) #The Darker Side of Adolescents' use of Social Media What negative effects does social media use have on adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The negative effects of social media use on adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing is an under researched area within the United Kingdom (UK). However, the volume of research on a global scale suggests this topic is a growing issue. Social workers must allow service users to take risks, however, they have a duty to provide information to allow service users to make their own informed decisions. Social workers also have a duty of care to assess and manage risk. Vulnerable adolescents have been identified as being at a higher risk of experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems whilst using social media. Using thematic analysis, this literature review analysed current and historical literature to gain an understanding of the complexities involved in social media use and adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing. Four common themes were identified as depression, sleep disturbances, fear of missing out (FoMO) and addiction. These themes are explored in detail within the literature review. Theoretical knowledge was considered within the literature review, to gain a better understanding of the complex nature of social media use and adolescents’ mental health and wellbeing. Suggestions for social work practice include early intervention, preventative work, resilience building, multi-agency working and partnership work with families. Recommendations for further research include qualitative research carried out within the UK on adolescents experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues, together with those in recovery, to identify a causal factor.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Uncontrolled Keywords: adolescents, mental health, effects, social media, social networking, wellbeing, addition, fear of missing out
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Social service. Social work. Charilty organisation and pracitce
Divisions: Departments > Social Work
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:34
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:34
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2886

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