Presentation Title

Social Media Engagement Among Individuals with Depression or Anxiety Disorder

Location

Poster Session 2 (Henderson Library)

Session Format

Poster Presentation

Your Campus

Statesboro Campus- Henderson Library, April 20th

Academic Unit

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

Research Area Topic:

Public Health & Well Being - Mental Health

Co-Presenters and Faculty Mentors or Advisors

Faculty Mentor/ Advisor: Gulzar Shah, PhD, MStat, MS

Abstract

Background

With the increasing use of the Internet and its constant shaping of our perception of realities, knowing the consumer’s social media behavior can lead to the development of health interventions based on their preferred engagement pattern. This is particularly important for people with mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder who may have challenges getting support from familiar people due to the stigma associated with these conditions.

Objective

The objective of this study is to examine the patterns of social media use and its correlates, including depression or anxiety disorder.

Methods

This study combined data from 4 iterations of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) fourth cycle collected from 2017 to 2020. The total sample size for these cross-sectional surveys is 16,092. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine the association between depression or anxiety disorder and the dichotomous dependent variable—social media use at different levels of engagement.

Results

Our results show that compared to individuals with no depression or anxiety disorder, people with these mental conditions are less likely to visit social media, (AOR=0.8; CI=0.64-0.93), share health information on social media (AOR=0.8; CI=0.60-0.94), join a support group for people with a similar medical condition (AOR=0.5; CI= 0.39-0.67) or watch a health-related video on YouTube (AOR=0.7; CI=0.56-0.80). Other factors associated with increased odds of watching a health-related video on YouTube are the individual’s educational level and identifying one’s race or ethnicity as Non-Hispanic Black or African Americans, Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Asians.

Conclusion

Social media can be a more effective tool to deliver health care to people with mental health conditions if the barriers to consumers’ use are eliminated.

Program Description

The study examines the pattern of social media use among people diagnosed with depression or anxiety disorder.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Presentation Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

Start Date

4-20-2022 1:30 PM

End Date

4-20-2022 3:00 PM

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
Apr 20th, 1:30 PM Apr 20th, 3:00 PM

Social Media Engagement Among Individuals with Depression or Anxiety Disorder

Poster Session 2 (Henderson Library)

Background

With the increasing use of the Internet and its constant shaping of our perception of realities, knowing the consumer’s social media behavior can lead to the development of health interventions based on their preferred engagement pattern. This is particularly important for people with mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder who may have challenges getting support from familiar people due to the stigma associated with these conditions.

Objective

The objective of this study is to examine the patterns of social media use and its correlates, including depression or anxiety disorder.

Methods

This study combined data from 4 iterations of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) fourth cycle collected from 2017 to 2020. The total sample size for these cross-sectional surveys is 16,092. Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analyses were conducted to examine the association between depression or anxiety disorder and the dichotomous dependent variable—social media use at different levels of engagement.

Results

Our results show that compared to individuals with no depression or anxiety disorder, people with these mental conditions are less likely to visit social media, (AOR=0.8; CI=0.64-0.93), share health information on social media (AOR=0.8; CI=0.60-0.94), join a support group for people with a similar medical condition (AOR=0.5; CI= 0.39-0.67) or watch a health-related video on YouTube (AOR=0.7; CI=0.56-0.80). Other factors associated with increased odds of watching a health-related video on YouTube are the individual’s educational level and identifying one’s race or ethnicity as Non-Hispanic Black or African Americans, Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Asians.

Conclusion

Social media can be a more effective tool to deliver health care to people with mental health conditions if the barriers to consumers’ use are eliminated.