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Problematic Social Networking Site Usage and Substance Use by Young Adolescents

About the Course

This course examines problematic social networking site usage (PSNSU) among adolescents. Substance use and abuse by young adolescents has become a serious issue for public health services, and several socio-environmental factors can influence how vulnerable a young adolescent may be to their appeal.
The present study was devised to examine whether substance use in early adolescence is associated with problematic social networking site usage. It includes identifying risk factors such as alcohol, tobacco, and energy drink use, peer pressure and peer posting of images of alcohol use on social media, and effective approaches and strategies.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Problematic Social Networking Site Usage and Substance Use by Young Adolescents created by Alessandra Buja, MD, PhD. and Luigi Gallimberti, PhD in 2018.

Publication Date:

Jan 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Alessandra Buja, MD, PhD.

Dr. Buja is an Associate Professor at Department of Cardiologic, Vascular, Thoracic Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, Via Loredan, Padova, Italy. Her research focuses on public health issues and she has published more than 200 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Luigi Gallimberti, PhD

Dr Gallimberti is a psychiatrist and toxicologist currently serving as the Head of the Addictions Unit at Villa Maria Clinic Hospital in Padua, Italy. He is also an adjunct Professor at University of Padua, Italy, and the President of the non-profit Novella Fronda Foundation. He was the Head of the Addiction Medicine Unit at University General Hospital in Padua and the Head of the Clinical Unit of Center of Behavioral and Forensic Toxicology at University of Padua, Italy. He has more than 30 years’ experience on health, drugs and alcohol issues. Dr. Gallimberti has published more than 30 works in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the link between consuming alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using energy drinks to problematic social media use.
  2. Identify what may be linked to problematic social networking sites usage.
  3. Summarize approaches and strategies to preventing relapsing problematic social networking sites usage.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

CE Learning Systems adheres to the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CE activity – including faculty, planners, reviewers, or others ― are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (formerly known as commercial interests).

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Planners and Reviewers

The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.

Commercial support

There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103117
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