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Social Media Use During COVID-19

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Know the risks and potential benefits of clinical studies and talk to your health care provider before participating. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT04305574
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 12, 2020
Last Update Posted : March 17, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jean Liu, Yale-NUS College

Brief Summary:
The investigators plan to conduct a cross-sectional survey to examine how social media use during COVID-19 relates to: (1) information management, (2) assessment of the situation, and (3) affect.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Coronavirus Depression Anxiety Stress Behavioral: Use of social media during COVID-19

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 5000 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Getting it Right: Towards Responsible Social Media Use During a Pandemic
Actual Study Start Date : March 8, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 31, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 31, 2020

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anxiety

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Community sample
We plan to recruit a representative sample of the Singapore population.
Behavioral: Use of social media during COVID-19
Participants' self-reported use of social media to receive and share news about COVID-19

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assessment of COVID-19 situation [ Time Frame: Single measurement (upon study enrolment) ]
    3 items on fear of the situation, confidence the government can manage the situation, and assessed chance of being infected (each rated using 4-point scales: min = 1, max = 4; higher scores indicate increased confidence / likelihood / fear)

  2. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale [ Time Frame: Single measurement (upon study enrolment) ]
    21-item validated scale assessing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress (DASS-21): Min score = 0, Max score = 21; higher score indicates a worse outcome

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Familiarity and trust in COVID-related rumours [ Time Frame: Single measurement (upon study enrolment) ]
    Participants' self-report of their familiarity (yes/no) and belief of specific (yes/no), and whether they shared these on social media (yes/no)

  2. Availability heuristic [ Time Frame: Single measurement (upon study enrolment) ]
    Participants' assessment of how many cases there have been in COVID-19 and SARS

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Representative sample of the Singapore population

Inclusion Criteria:

  • At least 21 years
  • Has stayed in Singapore for at least 2 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Below 21 years
  • Has stayed in Singapore for less than 2 years

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04305574

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Contact: Jean Liu, PhD 66013694

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Yale-NUS College Recruiting
Singapore, Singapore, 138527
Contact: Jean Liu, PhD   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jean Liu
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Principal Investigator: Jean Liu, PhD Yale-NUS College
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Responsible Party: Jean Liu, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS College Identifier: NCT04305574    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2020-CERC-001
First Posted: March 12, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 17, 2020
Last Verified: March 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: Due to stipulations by the Institutional Review Board, data cannot be shared.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Jean Liu, Yale-NUS College:
Social media
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Coronavirus Infections
Behavioral Symptoms
Coronaviridae Infections
Nidovirales Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases