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Growing Up Wired: Social Networking Sites and Adolescent Psychosocial Development - Online First - Springer

Growing Up Wired: Social Networking Sites and Adolescent Psychosocial Development - Online First - Springer | Aboriginal research | Scoop.it

Since the advent of social networking site (SNS) technologies, adolescents’ use of these technologies has expanded and is now a primary way of communicating with and acquiring information about others in their social network. Overall, adolescents and young adults’ stated motivations for using SNSs are quite similar to more traditional forms of communication—to stay in touch with friends, make plans, get to know people better, and present oneself to others. We begin with a summary of theories that describe the role of SNSs in adolescents’ interpersonal relationships, as well as common methodologies used in this field of research thus far. Then, with the social changes that occur throughout adolescence as a backdrop, we address the ways in which SNSs intersect with key tasks of adolescent psychosocial development, specifically peer affiliation and friendship quality, as well as identity development. Evidence suggests that SNSs differentially relate to adolescents’ social connectivity and identity development, with sociability, self-esteem, and nature of SNS feedback as important potential moderators. We synthesize current findings, highlight unanswered questions, and recommend both methodological and theoretical directions for future research.

 

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Suicide Prevention Day: Social inequality and budget cuts are a matter of life and death | rabble.ca

Suicide Prevention Day: Social inequality and budget cuts are a matter of life and death | rabble.ca | Aboriginal research | Scoop.it

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"Sadly, every person you ask from the Northern Inuit regions knows someone who has killed themselves. I personally have four cousins who have committed suicide. People you know your whole life. You grow and laugh with them and then they are not there anymore because they decide to take their own lives. The numbers are an epidemic, if these numbers existed in southern Canada, it would be a national emergency and there would be measures to address it."

Sobering comments from Terry Audla, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the National Inuit Organization in Canada. Audla is the referring to the alarmingly high rates of suicide among Canada's Inuit population, which are 11 times higher than the national average.

Across the Inuit Nunangat regions youth under 19 are thirty times more likely to die from suicide then youth elsewhere. Half of teen deaths are from suicide compared to 10 per cent in the rest of Canada and 85 per cent of those suicides are young men between 15-24 years of age.

"It's maddening and it's saddening. I hate that these numbers are so high," says Audla who is also frustrated that most people don't realize that the Inuit live on 3/5ths of Canada's land mass and that southern Canadians don't have enough knowledge about the Inuit.

"Inuit have been in transition over the past few decades. It's still in our living memory that we were living off the land in seasonal camps following the migration of the animals and this allowed for much more cohesive families. To all the sudden be introduced to foreign standards of living and education, different from traditional life, a lot of adjustment is involved. We need to be addressing and healing the despair of our youth. Because of isolation and distance, it's a fight unseen and unheard. "

ITK's Health Budget was recently cut by 40 per cent, which, along with other funding cuts to Aboriginal Health services, Audla says has had devastating effects on their capacity to reach Inuit youth.

According to the office of Canada's Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, in 2011-12, Health Canada provided over $245 million to support mental health and addictions programming for First Nations and Inuit communities. From 2005-2010 the Government of Canada invested $65 million to implement the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy and an additional $15 million has been allocated to continue supporting communities through to 2013.

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