Social Media Use as a Predictor of Personality

As social media use proliferates, the goal of this study is to examine the relationship between social media use and personality. Specifically, the study seeks to determine whether a link exists between social media use and distinct facets of personality, such as social anxiety. Data were collected through the administration of an anonymous online questionnaire to students at a Canadian university. Contrary to previous research findings, social media use was not significantly correlated to social anxiety or extraversion among this sample of university students. However, social media use and social engagement were positively correlated. This study, which has both educational and practical implications, will be of interest to those who work in the area of mental health, particularly those who work with younger populations who are the biggest consumers of social media.

What Influences Independent, Young Adults' Food Choices?

The transition from high school education to tertiary education is a significant stage in a young person’s life. As this experience is often combined with moving out of the family home young adults are required to learn work independently, prepare meals for themselves, take care of their home environment all whilst trying to support themselves financially. For many young adults, this time is a steep learning curve in a number of elements in their life. During this transition time young adults are frequently portrayed as having a low income and are often thought to be at risk of food insecurity. University students have also been shown to have a diet lacking in essential food groups, however there has been little research into why university student are lacking in food groups, in particular why this is so in Australian students. There are many other possible influences of young adult’s food choice such as family background, their current living conditions or social environment. This research seeks to expand the understanding of influences upon food choices, specifically looking at young adults in this major transition stage. It aims to look deeper into their circumstances, looking past the typical stereo-type of the ‘poor student’ to explore lifelong influences such as family background, education and skills and also new, immediate influences such as their living conditions and social environment. This research will add to the limited knowledge base on young adult’s food influences with the potential to guide health promotion and assistance programs to a more tailored approach to this population group’s needs.

Promoting Health Communication and Empowerment: Intervention Towards Malaria Mosquito Control

Malaria is an endemic disease in many marginalized and socially-and- economically-disadvantaged Philippine villages, especially in remote rural areas frequently visited by heavily armed insurgents and devastating typhoons. In spite of domestic and international campaigns to eliminate - or prevent the transmission of - the disease, government and non-governmental agencies have observed an alarming increase in the rate of malarial infection. The obvious need to institute or improve control mechanisms vis-à-vis the malaria disease, or malaria mosquito, has led to numerous efforts to develop effective models in providing vital assistance to malaria-infected communities. One such model is the “Farmers’ Health Empowerment and Communication Model”, which a research team successfully tested in Barangay Danglas, a marginalized rural community in one of the municipalities in the Province of Abra, Philippines. The research highlights the experiences of farmers involved in malaria vector control, who have developed the competence and confidence to think, decide, and translate into action their knowledge of malaria vector control and undergo change based on their acquired knowledge. The research provides empirical support to validate an intervention model on farmers’ empowerment towards community participation.