ERIC Number: EJ1146176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Motivation for and Use of Social Networking Sites: Comparisons among College Students with and without Histories of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Jarvi, Stephanie M.; Swenson, Lance P.; Batejan, Kristen L.
Journal of American College Health, v65 n5 p306-312 2017
Objective: This research examines potential differences in social network use and motivation for social network use by non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) status. Participants: 367 (73% women; M[subscript age] = 20.60) college students were recruited in November-December 2011. Methods: A random sample of 2,500 students was accessed through a university registrar to recruit students interested in an online survey assessing NSSI and various health-related behaviors. Results: Social network use and motivations for social networks did not differ by NSSI status. Conclusions: Results suggest that it is not patterns of use or motivation to use social networks that could lead to concern about online behavior (i.e., behavior increasing risk of future NSSI) among those with NSSI history. Rather, future preventive and intervention efforts should address the NSSI-related content that is available online, since this is unregulated, often explicit, and commonly includes "pro-NSSI" content that may be problematic and increase risk among vulnerable individuals.
Descriptors: Motivation, Social Networks, Comparative Analysis, College Students, Internet, Online Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Self Destructive Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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