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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 260-263

Social networking sites: An adjunctive treatment modality for psychological problems


1 Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Biostatistics, National Institute of mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma
Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru - 566 029, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.135374

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Background: Social networking is seen as a way to enhance social support and feeling of well-being. The present work explores the potentials of social networking sites as an adjunctive treatment modality for initiating treatment contact as well as for managing psychological problems. Materials and Methods: Interview schedule, Facebook intensity questionnaire were administered on 28 subjects with a combination of 18 males and 10 females. They were taken from the in-patient and out-patient psychiatry setting of the hospital. Results: Facebook was the most popular sites and used to seek emotional support on the basis of the frequent updates of emotional content that users put in their profile; reconciliations, escape from the problems or to manage the loneliness; getting information about illness and its treatment and interaction with experts and also manifested as problematic use. Conclusions: It has implications for developing social networking based adjunctive treatment modality for psychological problems.


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