Harnessing Social Media for Child Health Research

In a recent article published by the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics, authors Schumacher and Lee explored the uses and challenges of social media in the context of child health research. According to the article, 90% of teens ages 12 to 17 report using some type of social media. Most of the existing research into the area of social media explores the potential harms. Schumacher and Lee highlight social media research opportunities in the areas of 1) Recruitment, 2) Patient-Reported Data and 3) Intervention. The authors also discuss potential challenges such as issues with validity, bias, privacy and consent.

Schumacher, K. R., & Lee, J. M. (2016). Harnessing social media for child health research: Pediatric research 2.0. JAMA Pediatrics, 170(1), 5.

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