Fellow PD Dr. Julia Brailovskaia

PD Dr. Julia Brailovskaia

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

  Fellow am CAIS von Oktober bis März 2022

“Social Media Sport (SMS)-Study”: An effective measure of protecting (mental) health in the age of the digital transformation!?

Social Media Use (SMU; e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) belongs to everyday life. In the longer-term, the online activity can negatively impact mental and physical health. It fosters depression and anxiety symptoms, insomnia, and suicide-related outcomes, while life satisfaction decreases. In the present research project, an experimental longitudinal approach aiming to protect (mental) health from negative consequences of SMU will be investigated. For two weeks, participants are randomly assigned to one of four groups: 1. SM-Group: Reduction of SMU time; 2. Sport-Group: Increase of physical activity; 3. Combination-Group: Combination of 1. and 2.; 4. Control-Group: No specific instruction. Over several months, data of SMU and health are collected from all participants. The empirical approach allows to assess short- and longer-term causal effects. The project’s results can provide evidence for an effective, time- and cost-efficient preventive measure for the long-term protection of (mental) health in the age of the digital revolution.

Main Research Topics
  • (Pathological) Media Use
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide
  • Personality
  • Cross-Cultural Comparisons
Curriculum Vitae
  • Since 02/2014: Research Fellow at the Mental Health and Treatment Center, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 11/2019 and 12/2019: Habilitation and Inaugural Lecture (Private Lecturer; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • 10/2012 to 01/2015: PhD (Dr. phil.; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • 10/2010 to 09/2012: Master of Science Clinical Psychology (M. Sc.; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • 10/2007 to 08/2010: Bachelor of Science Psychology (B. Sc.; Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Brailovskaia, J., & Margraf, J. (2021). The relationship between burden by Coronavirus (Covid-19), addictive social media use, sense of control and anxiety. Computers in Human Behavior, 106720. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2021.106720

Brailovskaia, J., Margraf, J., & Teismann, T. (2021). Repetitive negative thinking mediates the relationship between addictive Facebook use and suicide-related outcomes: A longitudinal study. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-021-02025-7

Brailovskaia, J., Ozimek, P., & Bierhoff, H.-W. (2021). How to prevent side effects of social media use (SMU)? Relationship between daily stress, online social support, physical activity and addictive tendencies – A longitudinal approach before and during the first Covid-19 lockdown in Germany. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 5, 100144. doi:10.1016/j.jadr.2021.100144

Brailovskaia, J., Truskauskaite-Kuneviciene, I., Kazlauskas, E., & Margraf, J. (2021). The patterns of problematic social media use (SMU) and their relationship with online flow, life satisfaction, depression, anxiety and stress symptoms in Lithuania and in Germany. Current Psychology. doi:10.1007/s12144-021-01711-w

Brailovskaia, J., & Bierhoff, H.-W. (2020). The Narcissistic Millennial Generation: A Study of Personality Traits and Online Behavior on Facebook. Journal of Adult Development, 27(1), 23-35. doi:10.1007/s10804-018-9321-1

Brailovskaia, J., & Margraf, J. (2020). Decrease of well-being and increase of online media use: Cohort trends in German university freshmen between 2016 and 2019. Psychiatry Research, 290, 113110. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113110

Brailovskaia, J., Schillack, H., & Margraf, J. (2020). Tell me why are you using social media (SM)! Relationship between reasons for use of SM, SM flow, daily stress, depression, anxiety, and addictive SM use – An exploratory investigation of young adults in Germany. Computers in Human Behavior, 113, 106511. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2020.106511

Brailovskaia, J., Ströse, F., Schillack, H., & Margraf, J. (2020). Less Facebook use–More well-being and a healthier lifestyle? An experimental intervention study. Computers in Human Behavior, 108, 106332. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2020.106332

Brailovskaia, J., Teismann, T., & Margraf, J. (2020). Positive mental health mediates the relationship between Facebook Addiction Disorder and suicide-related outcomes: A longitudinal approach. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 23(5), 346-350.doi:10.1089/cyber.2019.0563

Brailovskaia, J., Rohmann, E., Bierhoff, H.-W., Margraf, J., & Köllner, V. (2019). Relationships between addictive Facebook use, depressiveness, insomnia and positive mental health in an inpatient sample: A German longitudinal study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8(4), 703-713. doi:10.1556/2006.8.2019.63

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