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Beebe, T. J., Asche S. E., Harrison, P. A., Quinlan, K. B. (2004). Heightened vulnerability and increased risk-taking among adolescent chat room users: results from a statewide school survey. Journal of Adolescent Health, 35(2), 116-123.

The study sought to create a profile of adolescent chat room users. A sample of 9th grad students was surveyed to compare chat room users and non-users. The analysis was run seperately for boys and girls. The study concluded that the use of chat rooms corosponded with psychological distress, difficult living environment, and more risky behaviors. The higher level of vulnerability in these children suggest that their internet use should be monitored.