Social Media, Family Strengths, and Psychological Distress: A Moderation Model (OS250)

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development
  • Live Chat:
    (Posters available on demand at any time during the convention week and for sixty days thereafter.)

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. increase their understanding of social media’s role in youth's lives.
  2. describe how family relational strengths moderate the impact social media rumination may have on youth's well-being.
  3. identify strategies to reduce distress in youth.


Social media rumination, the tendency to continuously mull over social media, is associated with psychological distress in youth (Lannin et al., 2020; Nolen-Hoeksema, 1991). The present study found that social media rumination was less detrimental to the mental health of youth whose families have developed multiple strengths such as open communication and trusting and caring environments. Effective mental health interventions may require considering the interaction between real-world and online environments (Dworkin, Hessel, & LeBouef, 2019).



Keeley Hynes, Illinois State University
Alexandra V. Horton, Illinois State University


Jeremy Kanter, Luke T. Russell, Dan Lannin, Ani Yazedjian

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