Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Weblogs (Usage)
Social phobia (Care and treatment)
Anxiety in teenagers (Care and treatment)
Anxiety in youth (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 282741106
Full Text: Blogging may have psychological benefits for teens suffering from social anxiety by improving their self-esteem and helping them to relate better to their friends, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

"Research has shown that writing a personal diary and other forms of expressive writing are a great way to release emotional distress and just feel better," said the study's lead author, Meyran Boniel-Nissim, PhD, of the University of Haifa, Israel. "Teens are online anyway, so blogging enables free expression and easy communication with others." Maintaining a blog had a stronger positive effect on troubled students' well-being than merely expressing their social anxieties and concerns in a private diary, according to the article published online in the APA journal, Psychological Services[R]. Opening the blog up to comments from the online community intensified those effects.

Although cyberbullying and online abuse are extensive and broad, we noted that almost all responses to our participants through blog messages were supportive and positive in nature," said the study's co-author, Azy Barak, PhD, "We weren't surprised, as we frequently see positive social expressions online in terms of generosity, support, and advice.

American Psychological Association (2012, January 4). Blogging may help teens dealing with social distress. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 5, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/120104115104.htm
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