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Blogging + Teens = A Good Thing

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You would think blogging would give teenagers an opportunity to write about all the wild things they do — underage sex, drinking and drugs.

However, a study led by Ohio State University Associate Professor of Social Work Dawn Anderson-Butcher, found quite the opposite. Teenagers tend to go online to write about the good things they do.

“They showed a lot of creative expression through poetry, lyrics and song,” Anderson-Butcher said.” It was very exciting — and for me, positive — to see the typical developmental activities that they were writing about in their blogs.”

The study, which was published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, indicates blogging can be used to therapeutically help teens express themselves in positive ways. To read an Ohio State University article on the study click here.

And to learn more about how social workers help young people reach their full potential, visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Youth Development Web pages by clicking here.

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