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Title: Depression and disclosure behavior via social media : a study of university students in China
Authors: Zou, ML 
Li, MX 
Cho, V 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Heliyon, 2020, v. 6, no. 2, e03368
Abstract: Severe stress and depression constitute serious challenges to people in both personal and public health. Numerous university students suffer from depression each year while only fractions of them receive proper and competent treatments. Following the trends of the era, social media has been prevalent among university students and become a new platform to disclose depression references. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of various stressors and the “Big Five” personality traits towards the intention of disclosing depression. Addition to the disclosure intention, this study also explores if respondents have presented their depression via social media profiles. Over 200 WeChat users were surveyed on their experiences from psychological stress factors under four categories - academy, relationship and practical issues. © 2020 The AuthorsPsychology; Depression; Disclosure intention; Disclosure behaviour; Social media; University students; China
Keywords: China
Disclosure behaviour
Disclosure intention
Social media
University students
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Heliyon 
EISSN: 2405-8440
DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03368
Rights: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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