Date of Award

Fall 12-3-2022

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Department

Counselor Education - Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Dawnette Cigrand

City

Winona

Abstract

This platforms capstone project paper is about the effects that social media or advanced technology platforms has on young individuals. Many articles were reviewed, which included research studies on the prevalence of social media usage by adolescents, along with its negative and positive effects on their development. This topic is important for counselors to review in order to treat young clients that struggle with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, etc. For counselors and other professionals who work with adolescents, it would be important to look at the data, which has helped derive what treatment approaches may be the most effective and how best to set up these clients for success moving forward. This research may also inform advocacy efforts to encourage social media companies to make decisions that prioritize the health and well of children and adolescents in the future. There can then be a reciprocated action for accountability of these companies with the goal of empowering people and giving them a sense of relatability or community with other people around the world through social media platforms.

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