Special Education M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat


Social media use plays a significant role in the lives of adolescents worldwide. Social media allows for adolescents to build connections, express themselves, seek information, and share or view content. Globally, adolescent mental health difficulties are rising, causing concern for parents/guardians, educators, and medical professionals. Depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental health difficulties worldwide. Educators are concerned about the rising rates of mental health difficulties seen in adolescent students and the impact it has on academics. Researchers have been studying the influences social media use has on the development or worsening of adolescent mental health. A literary review is completed to gain a better understanding of the influences social media has on adolescent mental and physical well-being. Additionally, studies were compiled to provide insight on the role educators can take to support and educate adolescents on healthy internet use and mental health resources.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis