My projected research topic is Adolescent Behaviors, I am interested in the influence of the media on an adolescent’s behavior skills (research focus).

The Qualitative Research Studies: Adolescent Behaviors & Social Media


My projected research topic is Adolescent Behaviors, I am interested in the influence of the media on an adolescent’s behavior skills (research focus). I wanted to choose a topic that really interested me, but over the past few weeks, I’ve debated with myself, because I’ve been scared, that I won’t find enough resources for any other topic. So far, I think there is a ton of information on adolescents and how the media effects/enhanced their behaviors, I figured this would be a great start. This topic is personal for me, I’ve worked with so many children, and in recent years, I’ve witness a dramatic behavior change in multiple teens, and it was all related to something that stemmed from the media.

I could start this research with the factors that affect adolescent development: physical, cognitive, social and behavioral development. According to Yale researchers, Valkenburg and Piotroswski (2017), there’s been significant changes in the media landscape, meaning there’s not just the traditional media is not the only barrier. Adolescents have their own phones, iPads, tablets, and computers, which gives them a more direct access to the media.

For the quantitative resource to support this topic, I chose  The Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, which states,  “To achieve the aim, a quantitative research design was used, involving questionnaires with data collected from 393 Saudi students aged 13-18 years” (Yoo and Ham, 2019). The second resource I found supports a qualitative study in this field, stating (Using a qualitative analysis approach, we found six major themes. Although entertainment media provided media role models for expected behavior in romantic relationships, it was also associated with the development of unrealistic relational expectations and perceived pressure to be in a romantic relationship.

According to these studies, adolescents with reported social media use had greater odds of increased suicidal ideation and suicide risk than those with no reported use, but these relationships were not statistically significant.

Social media use in adolescents with a psychiatric admission may be associated with the risk of self-injurious behaviors and could be a marker of impulsivity. Additional work should guide the assessment of social media use as part of a routine adolescent psychiatric history.



Valkenburg, P. M., and Piotrowski, J. T. (2017). Plugged in. Retrieved from

Vaterlaus, J. M., Tulane, S., Porter, B. D., & Beckert, T. E. (2018). The Perceived Influence of Media and Technology on Adolescent Romantic Relationships. Journal of Adolescent Research, 33(6), 651.

Yoo, M. & Ham, E. (2019). Development of cyber bullying damage model for domestic youth using system dynamics. Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing, 49(4), 398