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Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing: Assessing Depression via Facebook?

Posted Apr 17 2011 12:34am

I was recently interviewed by The Union Leader, a NH based newspaper, on a recent Wisconsin study looking at Facebook and depression in college students.  The study, as reported in the LA Times, claimed that symptoms of depression can be picked up by reading Facebook entries (although they stopped short of recommending it as an assessment tool).

My response: Why not screen College students using existing screening tools and refer those in need of further services to College or University mental health clinics.  Here is the PDF passed on to me by John, Copy Editor of the Union Leader (thanks John)

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