Megan A. Moreno

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BACKGROUND Depression is common and frequently undiagnosed among college students. Social networking sites are popular among college students and can include displayed depression references. The purpose of this study was to evaluate college students' Facebook disclosures that met DSM criteria for a depression symptom or a major depressive episode (MDE). (More)
Internet addiction is a growing concern; however, both a clear understanding of the mechanisms driving problematic behaviors and a gold standard instrument for assessing symptoms are lacking. The purpose of this study was to perform a psychometric analysis of the most widely used screening instrument, the Young Internet Addiction Test (IAT), using a sample(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of and associations among displayed risk behavior information that suggests sexual behavior, substance use, and violence in a random sample of the self-reported 18-year-old adolescents' publicly accessible MySpace Web profiles. DESIGN Cross-sectional study using content analysis of Web profiles between July 15 and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether an online intervention reduces references to sex and substance abuse on social networking Web sites among at-risk adolescents. DESIGN Randomized controlled intervention trial. SETTING PARTICIPANTS Self-described 18- to 20-year-olds with public MySpace profiles who met our criteria for being at risk (N =(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the association between social networking site (SNS) use and depression in older adolescents using an experience sample method (ESM) approach. METHODS Older adolescent university students completed an online survey containing the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 depression screen (PHQ) and a week-long ESM data collection period to assess(More)
PURPOSE Exposure to alcohol use in media is associated with adolescent alcohol use. Adolescents frequently display alcohol references on Internet media, such as social networking web sites. The purpose of this study was to conduct a theoretically based content analysis of older adolescents' displayed alcohol references on a social networking web site. (More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the associations between displayed alcohol use and intoxication/problem drinking (I/PD) references on Facebook and self-reported problem drinking using a clinical scale. DESIGN Content analysis and cross-sectional survey. SETTING Facebook Web site ( PARTICIPANTS The study included undergraduate students(More)
BACKGROUND Internet peer support groups for depression are becoming popular and could be affected by an increasing number of social network services (SNSs). However, little is known about participant characteristics, social relationships in SNSs, and the reasons for usage. In addition, the effects of SNS participation on people with depression are rather(More)
PURPOSE To determine acceptability, preferred communication medium, and other key considerations for intervention by friends, professors or resident advisors, and strangers in response to college students' references to depression on the social networking site Facebook. METHODS Facebook profiles belonging to 18- to 19-year-old students (n = 60) at a large(More)
BACKGROUND: Adolescents frequently report barriers to obtaining sexual health education. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine adolescents' views regarding how new technologies could be used for sexual health education. METHODS: Focus groups were conducted with a purposeful sample of adolescents between 14 and 19 years old. Facilitators(More)