Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Major

Journalism and Mass Communication

First Advisor

Raluca Cozma

Abstract

Building on the uses and gratifications theory, this research used online survey to examine the relationship between self-reported depression symptoms and the use of Facebook among older adults in Iowa. The purpose of this research was to establish the type of relationship that Facebook use has with those who exhibit depressive symptoms in the population above the age of 65. Existing research has primarily looked at the young adult population, specifically college-age participants, and the relationship has been found to be negative – that Facebook use negatively impacts mental health. This research focused on a different demographic, the older adult population, and the impact that Facebook use has on their mental health. The analysis found that the needs Facebook gratifies the most among older adults are entertainment and interaction based with the most variance explained by social affection and informational gratifications. The results also indicate that Facebook, overall, is more of a hindrance.

Copyright Owner

Katherine Michelle Anthony

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

67 pages

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