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Evidence Brief: Peer-to-peer social media and impact on health behaviour change in teens and young adults

Purpose

Key Question: What are the effects of internet/mobile-based interventions that provide a peer-to-peer platform on promoting positive behaviour change with regards to sexual and mental health among teenagers and young adults aged 14-22 years?

This paper discusses social media as a platform that enables social interaction among individuals and could be leveraged to support health promotion.

Examined are the effects and implications of using social media for health promotion and well-being interventions regarding sexual and mental health in young adults. 

Contents

  • Key Messages
  • Issue and Research Question
  • Methods
  • Main Findings
    • Social Media and Sexual Health
    • Social Media and Mental Health 
  • Discussion and Conclusions
  • Implications for Practice
  • References
Contact Person/Organization: 

Public Health Ontario

Type of Tool:

Publication Date: 
2016