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Social media and mental health in democracy movement in Hong Kong: A population-based study
Lau,Kam Man1,2; Hou,Wai Kai1,2,3; Hall,Brian J.4,5,6; Canetti,Daphna7; Ng,Sin Man1,2; Lam,Agnes Iok Fong8; Hobfoll,Stevan E.9
2016-08-05
Source PublicationComputers in Human Behavior
ISSN07475632
Volume64Pages:656-662
Abstract

Social media use has proliferated in the past ten years and studies are beginning to investigate the associations of social media use with political movements and mental health. This study extends this literature by testing a novel hypothesis that social resource loss on social media (e.g., “unfriending”) may be associated with increased symptoms of depression and anxiety in social upheaval. A population-based sample of 1,208 Chinese Hong Kong citizens (mean age = 46.89; 52.4% female) was recruited by random digit dialing in February 2015, two months after the conclusion of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. Respondents reported social resource loss on social media, and anxiety and depressive symptoms. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that social resource loss on social media was positively associated with depressive symptoms but not anxiety symptoms. Age moderated the positive association between social resource loss on social media and depressive symptoms. Simple slope tests revealed that the association was significant only among middle-aged (39–55 years) and older (≥56 years) adults but not younger (18–38 years) adults. The current findings shed light on the role of social media in mental health during political movements across different age groups.

KeywordAnxiety Symptoms Depressive Symptoms Hong Kong Political Movements Social Media Social Resource Loss
DOI10.1016/j.chb.2016.07.028
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPsychology
WOS SubjectPsychology, Multidisciplinary ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000384775200064
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorHou,Wai Kai
Affiliation1.Laboratory of Psychobiology of Emotion and Stress (LoPES)The Education University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong (SAR),China
2.Department of Psychological StudiesThe Education University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong (SAR),China
3.Centre for Psychosocial HealthThe Education University of Hong Kong,Hong Kong (SAR),China
4.Global and Community Mental Health Research GroupUniversity of Macau,Macau (SAR),China
5.Department of PsychologyFaculty of Social SciencesUniversity of Macau,Macau (SAR),China
6.Department of HealthBehavior and SocietyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,Baltimore,United States
7.School of Political ScienceUniversity of Haifa,Haifa,Israel
8.Department of CommunicationFaculty of Social SciencesUniversity of Macau,Macau (SAR),China
9.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical Center,Chicago,United States
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Lau,Kam Man,Hou,Wai Kai,Hall,Brian J.,et al. Social media and mental health in democracy movement in Hong Kong: A population-based study[J]. Computers in Human Behavior,2016,64:656-662.
APA Lau,Kam Man.,Hou,Wai Kai.,Hall,Brian J..,Canetti,Daphna.,Ng,Sin Man.,...&Hobfoll,Stevan E..(2016).Social media and mental health in democracy movement in Hong Kong: A population-based study.Computers in Human Behavior,64,656-662.
MLA Lau,Kam Man,et al."Social media and mental health in democracy movement in Hong Kong: A population-based study".Computers in Human Behavior 64(2016):656-662.
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