An analysis of research that explores the impact of social networking sites on adolescents' self-esteem, making recommendations for social work practice

Wiesner, Carys (2014) An analysis of research that explores the impact of social networking sites on adolescents' self-esteem, making recommendations for social work practice. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This secondary research study used qualitative data to analyse the relationship between social networking sites (SNS) and adolescents’ self-esteem. A range of literature was used identifying a variety of research methods adding convergent validity to the study. The study discovered that self-esteem is multidimensional and peer relationships and identity construction were identified as contributing factors to self-esteem. The power held in peer relationships, intimacy vs isolation and methods of identity construction were discussed in relation to the use of SNS. Recommendations for social work practice were made including; awareness of the role and significance of SNS in adolescents; the necessity for a person-centred approach and awareness of the multiple identities portrayed in adolescence through SNS. Furthermore, recommendations for utilising SNS in social work practice are made and issues of anti-discriminatory practice discussed. Recommendations for further research have been made with a call for the development of theoretical frameworks and policies.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 13:55
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:40
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/15393

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