Developing Healthy Social Media Practices: An Outpatient Caregiver-Adolescent Group Intervention

Aubrey L. Borgen, Sarah E. Domoff

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Adolescents frequently use social media to connect with peers, develop friendships, and explore their identity. However, some adolescents, particularly those with co-occurring mental health concerns or other vulnerabilities, may experience problems or dysfunction related to their social media use. Navigating online social interactions, regulating one’s own use of social media, and being aware of how content of social media may impact users are important skills that youth need to build in today’s digital age. The purpose of this paper is to describe the rationale for, and components of, a group therapy intervention (Developing Healthy Social Media Practices) for caregivers and their adolescents that seeks to (a) provide psychoeducation about the risks and benefits of social media use; (b) teach youth and their caregivers online social problem solving skills; (c) facilitate caregiver-adolescent communication about online social interactions and other online risks; and (d) promote motivation to change social media practices that youth and their caregivers identify as impacting functioning.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Body image
  • Problematic media
  • Screen time
  • Smartphone
  • Social media


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