Within and between-person differences in language used across anxiety support and neutral reddit communities

Molly E. Ireland, Micah Iserman

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Abstract

Although many studies have distinguished between the social media language use of people who do and do not have a mental health condition, within-person context-sensitive comparisons (for example, analyzing individuals' language use when seeking support or discussing neutral topics) are less common. Two dictionary-based analyses of Reddit communities compared (1) anxious individuals' comments in anxiety support communities (e.g.,/r/PanicParty) with the same users' comments in neutral communities (e.g.,/r/todayilearned), and, (2) within popular neutral communities, comments by members of anxiety subreddits with comments by other users. Each comparison yielded theory-consistent effects as well as unexpected results that suggest novel hypotheses to be tested in the future. Results have relevance for improving researchers' and practitioners' ability to unobtrusively assess anxiety symptoms in conversations that are not explicitly about mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 5th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Keyboard to Clinic, CLPsych 2018 at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HTL 2018
EditorsKate Loveys, Kate Niederhoffer, Emily Prud�hommeaux, Rebecca Resnik, Philip Resnik
PublisherAssociation for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
Pages182-193
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781948087124
StatePublished - 2018
Event5th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, CLPsych 2018 at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HTL 2018 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2018 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 5th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, CLPsych 2018 at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HTL 2018

Conference

Conference5th Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic, CLPsych 2018 at the 2018 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies, NAACL-HTL 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period06/5/18 → …

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