Published December 23, 2020
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Melanie Sage, Clinical Assistant Professor Todd Sage, and their colleagues on the publishing of their article, "Internet use and resilience in adolescents: A systematic review."
Sage, M., Randolph, K., Fitch, D., & Sage, T. (2020). Internet use and resilience in adolescents: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice.
The purpose of this systematic review is to examine ways a resilience framework might inform social workers’ understanding about how to mitigate risks for youth who use Internet and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
This review identified original research published between January 2006 and December 2019 that used a resilience framework to assess outcomes of youth, ages 10–19, who use ICTs.
Methods of synthesis:
A narrative synthesis grouped articles based on conceptualizations of resilience, risk, and protection; methods; and populations.
A search identified 13 peer-reviewed studies that used resilience and its relationship to outcomes. Most studies identified resilience as a mediator or moderator that buffers the effect of harm.
Social workers who wish to mitigate risks for youth who use ICTs might focus on interventions that strengthen resilience. Currently, resilience is inconsistently conceptually defined, and more robust research is needed regarding ICT use by marginalized youth.