The Role of Internet Poetry Groups in Establishing Community for Adolescents Experiencing Depression
McKee, Ivy W.
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This paper explores the existing research about community building for adolescents through the use of online poetry groups. Most research concludes that written poetry has positive influences on the formation of community among adolescents. There is also a large body of research that suggests the internet is a strong tool for developing community and exploring identity in adolescence. The author looks at the interactions between poetry and community building, then at the role of the internet in building a sense of community, and finally at the ways in which having a community they feel they have a valued membership in benefits adolescents with depression. She proposes a study that will fill gaps in the literature by assessing the ways in which shared poetry- specifically-online poetry groups, can enhance one’s identity formation and community construction. She hypothesizes that the combined positive influences of poetry and online groups will lead to the highest level of facilitation of community building.