Social Media and Mental Health: Depression, Predators, and Personality Disorders presents case studies and guidelines to help policymakers, parents, educators, and criminal justice experts better understand the negative effects of social media on mental health. The book examines the direct correlations between technology and the onset of significant personality and mood disorders, criminal violence, and other dysfunctional behavior, particularly in American youth.
The text addresses cyberbullying, suicide, and the cycle of abuse; Internet addiction and its relation to impaired psychosocial functioning; and the narcissistic tendencies that individuals can develop as a result of too much screen time, including attention-seeking behavior, constant self-promotion, and feelings of entitlement. Chapters are dedicated to the adverse effects of social media on dating and romantic relationships, the concept of online "friends", and the dangerous fantasies that individuals can foster online. The book closes with a timely chapter about radicalization, terrorism, and new media.
Scientifically rigorous in nature, Social Media and Mental Health is also an ideal textbook for college-level courses in forensic psychology, social work, juvenile crime, and communications. It can also be used as a guide for educators, employers, and administrators, including law enforcement or corrections officials who work with schools, youth groups, and at-risk populations.
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Dr. Michael Arntfield is a leading global authority on the study and investigation of criminal offenders and their relationship with technology. He is an award-winning professor at Western University in Canada, a regular commentator on crime in the international media, and the author of numerous titles in the field of criminology.
Dr. Joan Swart is a consulting forensic psychologist and lecturer in cognitive and behavioral theories at the Eisner Institute. She specializes in criminal psychology and behavioral analysis and serves on the Behavioral Science Consulting Committee of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.