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Social Media as a Vehicle for Expression of Self-Harm and Risk-Taking Behavior in Adolescents


Title Social Media as a Vehicle for Expression of Self-Harm and Risk-Taking Behavior in Adolescents
Therapeutic Area Healthy Volunteers
Principal Investigator Laura Grubb, MD, MPH
Min Age 12 Years
Max Age 21 Years
Gender All
Contact Teresa Vente, DO, MPH
617 636-8535

Overview

The primary objective of this study is to develop and administer a survey tool based on previously validated survey measures to identify adolescents who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and/or sharing of sexually explicit material.

A secondary objective of the study will be to determine if any correlation exists between adolescents self-reporting to engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit messages and socio-demographic variables, substance use, academic performance and bullying.

  1. Determine percentage of the adolescents who engage in NSSI, what percentage use social media to express intent to engage in NSSI and/or connect with other adolescents who engage in NSSI;
  2. Determine percentage of the adolescents who engage in sharing of sexually explicit material, what percentage use social media as the platform to share sexually explicit materials; and
  3. Determine how much time adolescents who engage in self-harm behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit messages spend on social media compared to adolescents who do not engage in self-harm behaviors and/or sharing of explicit messages
Our hypothesis is adolescents who engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit material spend greater amounts of time on social media than adolescents who do not engage in NSSI behaviors and/or sharing of sexually explicit materials

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria

  • Male or female patients, between the ages of 12-21 years who present to the Floating Hospital Adolescent Medicine Clinic
  • English-speaking, able to read and write in English

Exclusion Criteria

  • Documented intellectual disability

Study Requirements

Study participation will consist of completing a written informed consent or assent and a short survey. The entire duration of participation is expected to be 15-20 minutes during regularly scheduled clinic visit.