Protective Factors and Mechanisms of Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

A special issue of Behavioral Sciences (ISSN 2076-328X). This special issue belongs to the section "Developmental Psychology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 144

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School of Psychology, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China
Interests: adolescents’ social and personality development; adolescent cyberpsychology and behavior; psychological development of disadvantaged children
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School of Psychology, Shan Dong Normal University, Jinan 250061, China
Interests: cyberpsychology and behavior
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School of Educational Science, Shan Xi University, Taiyuan 030091, China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As a generation of digital natives, adolescents have always been the main users of social networks. While social networking apps and websites are convenient for adolescent socialization and life, they are also full of potentially harmful information (e.g., regarding alcohol and tobacco). Numerous studies have shown that risk behaviors have negative effects on the physical, psychological, and social adaptation of adolescents. Therefore, the influencing factors of adolescent risk behaviors have always been the focus of researchers. Adolescents with immature mental development are vulnerable to the negative impact of harmful information on social networking sites, resulting in risky behaviors such as alcohol use. Compared with traditional media, social networking sites not only contain a large number of susceptibility conditions, such as celebrity demonstrations and advertisements of risk behaviors, but also include the attitudes and tendencies of peers towards risk behaviors. How does the content on social networking sites affect adolescents’ attitudes and tendencies towards risk behaviors? At the same time, apart from passively accepting the influence of bad information from social networking sites, social networking sites give teenagers the opportunity to actively interact with information, such as liking, commenting on, and collecting such information. Will the behavior on social networking sites enhance the impact of potentially harmful information on adolescents’ risk behaviors? In addition to addressing these questions, researchers should also focus on finding protective factors and feasible interventions. In response to these problems, this Special Issue aims to focus on the influencing mechanisms and protective factors of adolescent social network use and risk behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, etc.) in order to reduce the likelihood of adolescent risk behaviors and the impact of negative messages.

Prof. Dr. Xiaojun Sun
Prof. Dr. Lei Han
Prof. Dr. Xingchao Wang
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  • adolescent
  • social networking
  • social network sites
  • risk behaviors
  • alcohol use

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