Date of Graduation
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy (PhD)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Mental Health, Public Policy, Social Media
The relationship between social media use among young people and the increasing concerns of mental health problems in the U.S. and globally is on systemic agendas. Furthermore, research on social media use and mental health indicate reasons to suspect a causal relationship, but more work needs to be done. Therefore, this three-article dissertation seeks to explore (1) associations between social media use, personality, and depression; (2) associations between social media emotional support, anxiety, and personality; and (3) the relationship between social media use and mental health using Deborah Stone’s causal stories framework. Findings from this study provide an improved understanding of the relationship between social media use and mental health and suggest ways in which public health professionals and policy makers can begin to address the policy problem.
Merrill, R. A. (2023). Social Media and Mental Health: The Public Health Impact and Future Policy Directives. Graduate Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/5158