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Title: Early adolescent views on the mediating role of social network sites use on peer relations
Author: D'Rozario, Veronica Anne
ISNI:       0000 0004 9359 4644
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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With the proliferation and ever-growing popularity of social networking sites (SNSs) over the past decade, their impact amongst children and youth has made SNSs an integral part of their social lives. Subsequently, questions and concerns have arisen about young people’s engagement with SNSs and their implications for their social development. Current research on the impact of SNSs on peer relations is only starting to be understood and still a matter of intense debate. To date, little research has focused specifically on the early adolescent phase or considered the impact based on pupils’ social prominence or gender. This study built on previous research by examining the way early adolescents use SNSs with consideration of gender and social prominence. The study also explored the views of early adolescents on the perceived impact of SNS use on their peer relationships. The mixed-methods study was conducted with Year 8 pupils and involved the completion of 180 questionnaires followed by 14 semi-structured interviews. Analysis of the data showed that early adolescents frequently and avidly used SNSs and there were significant gender differences related to their use of SNSs. Many participants perceived that SNSs affected their relations with peers in both beneficial and detrimental ways. Key findings showed that SNSs were perceived to broaden opportunities to enhance peer relations, but at other times, complicated or amplified the social dynamics or experiences with peers online. Limitations, implications for EP practice and recommendations for future research are discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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