Mental Health Disclosure on Social Networking Sites
In this talk, we will describe ongoing research aimed at understanding how mental health states – specifically, recent or current psychological distress – affect self-disclosure on social networking sites. Our studies seek to establish the association between mental health states and disclosure patterns by comparing disclosure content, language style, and motivation between two groups: people at risk (i.e., those with depression and/or a history of a non-suicidal self-injury), and those with no mental health history. We hope that theoretical advances around online mental health disclosure will improve wellbeing and mental health by providing new ways to identify individuals at risk for depression and developing interventions that encourage them to seek help and counseling.
This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.
This is a BCTR Innovative Pilot Study Grant recipient talk.
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