Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/297720
Title:
The Effects of Online Communities on Adolescent Self-Esteem
Author:
Phillips, B. Janae
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Because self-esteem is an important factor in many other areas of normative development for adolescents, understanding how it may be impacted by their involvement in online communities is increasingly important as rates of use continue to rise. 79 members of online communities, including gaming, fandom, and special interest communities, completed an online survey that covered general questions about their level of involvement (hours spent weekly, age of first involvement, presence and closeness of online friends), a self-esteem test, and a Big 5 personality test. Results seemed to indicate that there is a "tipping point" for hourly involvement, as those who reported spending more than 25 hours per week engaged in online communities were found to have significantly lower self-esteem scores. This tipping point may be important for both developers of online communities and those who work with youth in considering a healthy balance of involvement in online communities with other activities. There was no significant relationship found between self-esteem and age of first involvement, suggesting that simply becoming engaged in online communities does not have a negative impact on adolescent self-esteem.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Family Studies and Human Development
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hunt, James

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dc.titleThe Effects of Online Communities on Adolescent Self-Esteemen_US
dc.creatorPhillips, B. Janaeen_US
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, B. Janaeen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractBecause self-esteem is an important factor in many other areas of normative development for adolescents, understanding how it may be impacted by their involvement in online communities is increasingly important as rates of use continue to rise. 79 members of online communities, including gaming, fandom, and special interest communities, completed an online survey that covered general questions about their level of involvement (hours spent weekly, age of first involvement, presence and closeness of online friends), a self-esteem test, and a Big 5 personality test. Results seemed to indicate that there is a "tipping point" for hourly involvement, as those who reported spending more than 25 hours per week engaged in online communities were found to have significantly lower self-esteem scores. This tipping point may be important for both developers of online communities and those who work with youth in considering a healthy balance of involvement in online communities with other activities. There was no significant relationship found between self-esteem and age of first involvement, suggesting that simply becoming engaged in online communities does not have a negative impact on adolescent self-esteem.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily Studies and Human Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorHunt, James-
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