Graduation Year

2016

Degree

M.A.

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Sarah Bloom, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Andrew Samaha, Ph.D.

Keywords

Behavioral Skills Training, Computer, Facebook, Seniors, Social Networking, Technology

Abstract

The senior population is growing faster than any other population group, and life expectancy is increasing. E-mail and social media enable people of all ages to stay in touch, and find information, resources, and entertainment. Positive effects are associated with computer and internet use for older adults, but not all seniors have embraced technology and some seniors feel negatively about it. Several different methods have been used to teach seniors computer skills, including mentoring, lecturing, and providing instructions, but not many procedures have been evaluated for effectiveness. In the current study, we recruited three to five seniors, taught them to use Facebook using instructions and behavioral skills training as needed, and then tested their skills. This study investigated the effectiveness of instructions alone with supplemental behavioral skills training as necessary to improve community-dwelling seniors’ social media skills on Facebook.

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