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MEDIA USE BY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DEPRESSION: GOING IT ALONE?

Bertocci, Michele A (2011) MEDIA USE BY CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH AND WITHOUT DEPRESSION: GOING IT ALONE? Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Using experience sampling methodology this paper compares youth with and without Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in their social and asocial uses of electronic media (EM) and non-electronic media (NEM). In addition this study examines whether recovery from depression is accompanied by changes in media use. The media use and companionship of 108 participants, 47 MDD and 61 non-depressed Controls, were recorded through telephone report. Results show that youth with MDD used EM more in an asocial context than did the Control group both during the depressive episode and after recovery from depression. In addition, NEM use was significantly higher for the Control group than the MDD group after recovery. Time spent with asocial EM is considered as a consequence of the depressive episode and as an aid to recovery supporting the social risk hypothesis of depression. Asocial media use is also considered to be a possible hindrance to recovery. Implications for treatment are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bertocci, Michele Ambertocc@pitt.edumbertocc@pitt.edu
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKlein, Rogerrklein@pitt.edurklein@pitt.edu
Committee CoChairForbes, Erika Eforbesee@upmc.eduforbesee@upmc.edu
Committee MemberJohnson, Carljohnson@pitt.edujohnson@pitt.edu
Committee MemberPingel, LouisPingel@pitt.eduPingel@pitt.edu
Date: 7 January 2011
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 1 November 2010
Approval Date: 7 January 2011
Submission Date: 9 December 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: depression; electronic media; non-electronic media; socially isolative behavior
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-12092010-210041/, etd-12092010-210041
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:10
Last Modified: 25 May 2012 13:33
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10265

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