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Title: #Like : what are adolescents' experiences of using social media?
Author: Alrai, Mohammad Sarif
ISNI:       0000 0004 5364 3587
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2015
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Adolescent engagement with digital communication, especially social media, has risen in recent years. Given this, and a lack of psychological exploration of the topic, the current study set out to understand the experience of adolescents using social media. Six participants (three male and three female aged 14) shared their experiences through semi-structured interviews. They were all year 10 students in an Academy in southeast England. The resulting data was analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Eight group superordinate themes were identified. These highlighted a variety of positive and negative experiences. The themes were explored in relation to conceptual models and latent psychological factors that could be motivating mechanisms driving the use of social media. Comparisons made between these findings and existing literature demonstrated a need for more ‘bottom-up’ qualitative research to understand adolescent social media use. The findings highlighted a number of areas relating to professional practice with adolescents using social media. There is a particular need for dialogue between these social media users and the personal and professional networks of people who support them. Implications for practice are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Ch.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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