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Title:How Young Adults Use Social Media to Cope with Parental Divorce
Author(s):Hollis, Ashley-Tate D
Contributor(s):Hughes, Robert
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Abstract:Social media sites are becoming increasingly popular go-to sources of information for learning how to cope with personal difficulties. The purpose of our study was to gain insights into how to design social media messages and strategies to help young adults cope with issues related to parental divorce. Our research question focused on how the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) was used by young adults to cope with the divorce of their parents. The participants of this study were 18-25 year olds with divorced parents. This sample was collected because we felt people in this age group had a clear understanding of why their parents may have divorced. We asked questions about three major topics: 1) What types of social media are they currently using? 2) What were the most difficult issues they faced in regards to their parents divorce and how did they cope? 3) Did they find any helpful information to cope on the Internet, and if so, what was it? From our analyses, we expect to be able to identify social media strategies to help get science-based information to young adults who have divorced parents.
Issue Date:2016
Citation Info:Hollis, Ashley-Tate D. (2016, April). "How Young Adults Use Social Media to Cope with Parental Divorce" session presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Genre:Conference Poster
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-05-12

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