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Effects of social media on mental health

Event number: 19113
1 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Rachel Frost
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The effect of social networking site (SNS) use on mental health has attracted growing scholarly attention over the last decade. This webinar explores the relationship between SNS use and mental health outcomes, focusing on Facebook and its use by young people. Five main outcomes will be discussed, including: Facebook addiction, anxiety, depression, body image and disordered eating, and drinking cognitions and alcohol use. The presentation will cover the following areas:

  1. Understanding the SNS landscape including: usage statistics, challenges with operationalizing SNS use, and exploring the distinct features and functionalities across SNS platforms
  2. Key mental health outcomes associated with Facebook
  3. General discussion including: overarching themes, methodological issues, and applications to everyday psychological practice to improve client outcomes

At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of the complex and multidimensional nature of Facebook use, the wide range of symptomology associated with use, and strategies that will help to facilitate the benefits of SNS use while minimizing possible harms.


This webinar will be presented by Rachel Frost. Rachel is a provisional psychologist who is currently undertaking a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Canberra. Her PhD looks at the relationship between SNS use and mental health outcomes among young people, with a focus on maladaptive drinking cognitions and alcohol use. This presentation is based on the systematic review published in the Computers in Human Behavior journal (doi:10.1016/j.chb.2017.08.001).

Rachel has worked in the out-of-home care and disability sector and undertaken policy and research work regarding dementia education, risky driving behaviour among young people and assessment of telephone crisis support workers.


Start date: 16/11/2017
End date: 16/11/2017
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm AEDT


ePsychology IG Member: Free
APS Member: $80
APS Non Member: $120
APS Student Member: $40


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