Do Self-Injury Videos on YouTube Normalize the Behavior Among Teens?
|February 22, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Children and Family, Research, Technology||
According to the study The Scope of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury on YouTube published in Pediatrics, videos of self-mutilating or other self-injurious behavior not related to suicide may support, or even encourage, similar behavior in teenagers.
Similar concerns were raised around pro-eating disorder websites years ago; however, this study suggests that these videos may directly reinforce dangerous behaviors or serve as a self-injury primer of sorts for adolescent viewers. The researchers recommend that behavioral health professionals become aware of the presence and power of this type of multimedia.
Study Citation: Stephen P. Lewis, Nancy L. Heath, Jill M. St Denis, and Rick Noble. The Scope of Nonsuicidal Self-Injury on YouTube. Pediatrics 2011 : peds.2010-2317v1-peds.2010-2317.
The full article is available to subscribers of the journal.