An exploratory study on the influence of social media on mental health beliefs and behaviors of university students
Socal media effect on mental health belief and behavior
Date of Publication
Bachelor of Arts Major in Psychology
College of Liberal Arts
Defense Panel Member
Karmia A. Pakingan
The study explored effects of social media on university students, ages 18 to 23, and their beliefs and behaviors towards mental health. The researchers conceptualized, using the social cognitive theory as framework, that since social media is an effective tool in disseminating information, it would affect how people, specifically university students, view mental health and in turn, how they respond to it. The study gathered data through eight focus group discusssions and found through a thematic analysis that social media influences beliefs by: providing increased information on mental health, a change in perspective, a change on attitude causing doubts on the gravity of mental health, conformity to the majority and giving misconceptions of mental health due to unreliable sources. Consequently, behaviors were influenced in that the participants exercise more caution, shared posts in support of mental health awareness, reached out to their peers and referred them to professionals.
Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall
vii, 106 leaves ; 29 cm.
Social media; Mental health
Grimares, G., Juan, M. P., Ng, A. Y., & Rillo, J. R. (2018). An exploratory study on the influence of social media on mental health beliefs and behaviors of university students. Retrieved from https://animorepository.dlsu.edu.ph/etd_bachelors/8908