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Problematic Social Media Use and Depression/Anxiety: The moderating role of Social Safeness

O'Rourke, Adam (2019) Problematic Social Media Use and Depression/Anxiety: The moderating role of Social Safeness. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Research has shown that the relationship between Problematic Social Media Use (PSMU) and Depression/Anxiety (DA) rests heavily on a person’s own ability to feel socially connected. A person’s ability to feel socially connected and belong in their social world is called Social Safety (SS). This study aims to determine how much SS can impact the relationship between PSMU and DA. The survey was distributed via social networks. The sample consisted of 100 subjects, 40 were male and 60 were female. The age ranged from 18-65. A standard convenient sampling method was utilized. The scales used were the Bergen Social Networking Addiction Scale, The Social Safeness and Pleasure Scale and the Depression/Anxiety/Stress Scale. A hierarchical regression was utilized for the aim of this study. DA significant predictors were Age PSMU and SS. Due to the higher increase with Depression after SS was added, an interaction was utilized (PSMU X SS). The interaction was not significant. Based on these results, Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) could be a suitable intervention to alleviate PSMU, in turn this could decrease levels of DA. In addition, based on these results, to further reduce DA, perhaps Compassion Focused Therapy could be utilized.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 14:39
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:39
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3767

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