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Losing a Friend: Social Media's Impact on Child and Adolescent Grief

Losing a Friend: Social Media's Impact on Child and Adolescent Grief
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Author(s): Tamara L. Wandel (University of Evansville, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 17
Source title: Handbook of Research on Children's Consumption of Digital Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Gülşah Sarı (Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5733-3.ch003

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the role of social media consumption on older children and adolescents during the bereavement process of a childhood friend. Using case study methodology surrounding an 11-year-old girl's tragic death, surveys were administered to peers and semi-structured interviews with peers, counselors, and the deceased's mother were conducted in order to collect in-depth information on the opinions and feelings of those utilizing social media as they cope with loss, specifically the loss of a friend. The idea of virtual mourning is significant to explore as social media is ubiquitous for most older children and adolescents.

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