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Mahdizadeh M, Solhi M, Ebadifard Azar F, Taghipour A, Asgharnejad Farid A. Psychosocial experiences of the internet in a group of adolescents: A qualitative content analysis. Med J Islam Repub Iran. 2017; 31 (1) :263-270
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-4083-en.html
Health Promotion Research Center, Department of Health Services and Health Education, School of Health, Iran University of Medical Scienc-es, Tehran, Iran. , solhi.m@iums.ac.ir
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Background: Social networking has a dramatically increasing trend among adolescents. By creating novel models of content production, distribution, and reception, this space has introduced opportunities and threats for adolescents, which must be understood in relation with their health status. This study was conducted with the aim of describing the psychosocial experiences of Iranian adolescents in the Internet's virtual space.
Methods: The present qualitative formal content analysis was conducted in Mashhad a city Iran. The participants included 32 adolescents of 13-18 years of age. Data were collected through 32 semi-structured individual and group interviews with maximum variation. The data were recorded, transcribed, and then analyzed via MAXQ 10 software. 
Results: In this study, 2 main themes of “moving towards constructiveness” and “perceiving social and psychological tensions” were formed. Accordingly, 9 subcategories were formulated including: increasing the social capital, a good feeling in life, escaping loneliness, being seen in the social network, intelligent selection of content, perceived threats, temptation, decline of behavioral values and principles, and emotional and social helplessness.
Conclusion: Adolescents’ positive and negative experiences in the Internet form based on personal and environmental factors. These experiences affect the mental and social dimensions of their health. These factors call for the attention of scholars and policymakers for developing enabling strategies for adolescents, and their families and for experts for promoting adolescents’ health. 

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Health

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