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The prevalence of anxiety- and depression-related complaints in adolescents and emerging     adults has risen over the last decade, but youth face barriers when seeking professional help. Many therefore rely on social media for mental health information. Online short videos (OSVs) are a new form of online health information, which may come with risks and benefits for susceptible adolescents and emerging adults (e.g., misinformation and accessible    psychoeducation respectively).

In this project, we aim to understand to what extent, under which circumstances, and for whom mental health information in OSVs may be beneficial or detrimental. We will explore the information needs and mental health-related OSV consumption of adolescents and emerging  adults with anxiety- and depression-related complaints, and how their OSV consumption is related to their well-being. These findings will be used to develop and test a brief intervention to improve mental well-being.

M.G. (Mieke) Oldeman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

Prof. dr. B. (Bram) Orobio de Castro


Dr. E.A. (Eva) van Reijmersdal


Dr. E.S. (Eline) Smit

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

CW : Persuasive Communication