Journal article

A meta-analysis of the association between adolescent social media use and depressive symptoms.

Elizabeth J Ivie, Adam Pettitt, Louis J Moses, Nicholas B Allen

J Affect Disord | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: The association of adolescent social media use with mental health symptoms, especially depression, has recently attracted a great deal of interest in public media as well as the scientific community. Some studies have cited statistically significant associations between adolescent social media use and depression and have proposed that parents must regulate their adolescents' social media use in order to protect their mental health. METHOD: In order to rigorously assess the size of the effect that has been reported in the current scientific literature, we conducted a meta-analysis of studies that measured the association between social media use specifically and depressive symptom..

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