BIG DATA IN ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY: DO PATIENTS SHARE THEIR PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS ON SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES?


Ucar H. N. , ERAY Ş., Kocael O., Ucar L., Kaymak M., Lettieri E., ...More

PSYCHIATRIA DANUBINA, vol.30, no.4, pp.395-403, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.24869/psyd.2018.395
  • Journal Name: PSYCHIATRIA DANUBINA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.395-403
  • Keywords: big data, adolescent psychiatry, social networking sites, symptom sharing, SELF-DISCLOSURE, FACEBOOK, ONLINE, DEPRESSION, DIAGNOSES, INTERNET, SUICIDE, SEEKING, CHILD

Abstract

Background: Fascinating developments in big data technologies and unprecedented diffusion of social networking sites (SNSs) generate unseen opportunities for scientific fields, including psychiatry. This study focuses on the use of SNSs by adolescent psychiatric patients and the potential use of SNS-generated data to help medical practitioners diagnose and treat patients' mental health. Our objective is to understand and measure the psychiatric and individual conditions in which symptom-sharing occurs on SNSs and the frequency of these conditions. Based on literature, we hypothesized that the perceived value of social network sites positively affects adolescents' sharing of symptoms on these sites.