Journal article

Social networking and symptoms of depression and anxiety in early adolescence

Lisa K Mundy, Louise Canterford, Margarita Moreno-Betancur, Monsurul Hoq, Susan M Sawyer, Nicholas B Allen, George C Patton

Depression and Anxiety | WILEY | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Use of social networking in later childhood and adolescence has risen quickly. The consequences of these changes for mental health are debated but require further empirical evaluation. METHODS: Using data from the Childhood to Adolescence Transition Study (n = 1,156), duration of social networking use was measured annually at four time points from 11.9 to 14.8 years of age (≥1 h/day indicating high use). Cross-sectional and prospective relationships between social networking use and depressive and anxiety symptoms were examined. RESULTS: In adjusted (age, socioeconomic status, prior mental health history) cross-sectional analyses, females with high social networking use had great..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Commonwealth and Victorian Departments of Education and Training; Royal Children's Hospital Foundation; National Health and Medical Research Council, Grant/Award Numbers: 1010018, 1122189; Australian Rotary Health