Social networking and the social and emotional wellbeing of adolescents in Australia

Bourgeois, Amanda, Bower, Julie and Carroll, Annemaree (2014) Social networking and the social and emotional wellbeing of adolescents in Australia. Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 24 2: 167-182. doi:10.1017/jgc.2014.14

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Author Bourgeois, Amanda
Bower, Julie
Carroll, Annemaree
Title Social networking and the social and emotional wellbeing of adolescents in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Guidance and Counselling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1839-2520
Publication date 2014-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/jgc.2014.14
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 167
End page 182
Total pages 16
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Technology and social networking tools and sites are changing the way young people build and maintain their social connections with others (Boyd & Ellison, 2008). This study utilised a new measure, The Self in a Social Context, Virtual Connectedness subscale (SSC-VC subscale), to examine the effects of social networking tools and sites on social and emotional wellbeing among 1,037 Australian young people aged 11–18 years. A maximum likelihood factor analysis identified three strong factors: Fit In (α = .81), Public Self (α = .79) and Connected Self (α = .83). Significant main effects were revealed for the number of times students checked their Facebook F(12, 2415) = 13.8, p < .001, and for gender, F(3, 913) = 10.8, p < .001, but no interaction effect was found. Univariate tests also revealed a significant difference for Frequency of checking Facebook, F(4, 915), = 4.98, and for Gender, F(1, 915), = 46.92, p < .001 on the dependent variable of Emotional Difficulties. These findings suggest that social networking sites, though used differently by males and females, provide an important forum for building social connections across groups.
Keyword Social connectedness
Social networking sites
Social and emotional wellbeing
Gender differences
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Institutional Status UQ

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