The Role of Social Media in Adolescents’ Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior
2018 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Amount Awarded: $104,000
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies
Jacqueline Nesi, Ph.D.
Mentor: Anthony Spirito, Ph.D., Brown University
Inside the Research
Question: How do online peer experiences affect risk for suicidal behavior among female adolescents?
Strategy: Seventy adolescents identifying as female from the inpatient psychiatric unit at Brown-affiliated Bradley Hospital will participate. Online peer experiences of adolescents who have attempted suicide will be compared with teen girls with suicidal ideation who have not attempted suicide. A multi-method assessment that includes qualitative and semi-structured interviews and surveys and social media data will be studied.
Impact: Identification of novel targets for suicide prevention efforts among female adolescents.