Chapter 14: Adolescent Use of Technology and Social Media to Cope with Grief

Today's adolescents are digital natives, having grown up with the Internet and other aspects of social media. It is little wonder that they may turn to this media as they grieve. Carla Sofka's chapter reviews the ever-expanding ways that social media is used by adolescents to cope with grief. This includes not only seeking information and support as well as privately and publicly memorializing, but also using this media to bring about social change. Sofka also notes the limitations and dangers of this media. She advises counselors to question clients about their use of such resources. Sofka's chapter includes a number of recommendations that might stimulate debate.

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