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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

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Self-Destructive Online Content: Features of Attitude and Response of Adolescents and Youth 141

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Soldatova G.U.
Doctor of Psychology, Corresponding Member, Russian Academy of Education, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Personality Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6690-7882
e-mail: soldatova.galina@gmail.com

Ilyukhina S.N.
Psychologist, Foundation for Internet Development, Moscow, Russia
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9947-450X

Abstract
The paper examines the most common types of self-destructive online behavior of adolescents and young people (self-harm, suicide, and eating disorders), which are reflected on the Internet in the form of self-destructive content. We present the results of the empirical study on the perception of and reactions to self-destructive content and content about psychological assistance by 15—17-year-old adolescents and 18—25-year-old youths. The yielded data confirms that adolescents and young people are active consumers of self-destructive online content. Based on the analysis of the role of gender, age differences, and differences in the use of the Internet in responding to the aforementioned types of self-destructive content, we marked out a risk group, represented by adolescents and young people who show increased attention to self-destructive online content, as well as those who use the Internet more intensively and are more often subjected to various types of violence in real life. We emphasize the importance of developing effective online prevention measures for self-destructive behavior in adolescents and young people, nurturing a digital culture of online behavior, and raising digital competence, allowing for the creation of a safe and comfortable online space.

Keywords: cyberpsychology, digital socialization, social media, self-destructive behavior, self-injurious behavior, eating disorders, self-harm, suicidal behavior, digital self-harm.

Column: Special Topic: Stress, Coping Strategies and Emotional Self-Regulation

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2021290105

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Funding

The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project no. 20-013-00857 “Socio-cultural and personal predictors of destructive and self-destructive behavior on the Internet in adolescents and youth”.

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