Semester of Graduation

Summer 2022

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Adolescents are the largest population group that accesses social media applications (Boneva et al., 2006; Gross, 2004; Subrahmanyam, Reich, Waechter, & Espinoza, 2008). However, there is little known on how to measure the positive (i.e., enabling privacy settings, friending parents and other family members on social media platforms) and negative (i.e., public social media account, hiding posts from parents) adolescent social media use. This is an important oversight given the relationship between negative uses of social media and increased delinquency, aggression, and decreased parent-adolescent communication (Coyne et al., 2014). The present study sought to address this limitation in the research literature. The study consisted of three phases. Phase 1 generated items of positive and negative social media use for both a parent and adolescent version. Phase 2 included 599 parent and 370 adolescent participants who completed the Adolescent Social Media Use Inventory-Pilot. Items were eliminated based on factor loadings and internal consistency, and a factor structure was obtained. Phase 3 examined the construct and concurrent validity of the questionnaire. Participants consisted of 599 parents and 370 adolescents who completed the Adolescent Social Media Use Inventory, Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale, Youth Internalizing Problems Screener, Youth Externalizing Problems Screener, and the Online Privacy and Self-Monitoring Index.

Date

7-3-2022

Committee Chair

Mary Lou Kelley

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