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Serious social media: On the use of social media for improving students' adjustment to college
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Internet and Higher Education Volume 15, Number 1, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd

Abstract

A considerable body of research indicates that social support plays an integral role in determining students' successful adjustment to college. Unlike previous research that has evaluated face-to-face support interventions that occur during students' first semester at college, the current study reports on a student-centered social media site designed to enhance students' perceptions of social support prior to their arrival on campus. Results indicated that site usage increased students' perceptions that they would have a diverse social support network during their first semester at college, even when controlling for other potent predictors. The importance of social support perceptions for college adjustment is detailed and the ramifications of the social media intervention are discussed.

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DeAndrea, D.C., Ellison, N.B., LaRose, R., Steinfield, C. & Fiore, A. (2012). Serious social media: On the use of social media for improving students' adjustment to college. Internet and Higher Education, 15(1), 15-23. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved December 9, 2019 from .

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Full text is availabe on Science Direct: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2011.05.009

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