Psychological Engagement of Fake News in the Mental Health of Gen Z



This studies summarizes the potential psychological engagement of fake news on the mental health of Gen Z. While limited research is available on this topic, preliminary studies suggest that exposure to fake news may be associated with increased anxiety and depression symptoms. The data gathered served as a basis for developing a module training program about “Mental Hygiene: Preventive Maintenance to Combat Psychogical Impact of Fake News to Gen Z”. The respondents were Gen Z from College of Arts and Sciences who represented the charactheristics of the target population such as sex, course and year level. Results reveal that most of the student – respondent’s was female and the one with the most courses who respond was from the Bachelor of Science in Psychology both 1st year nad 4th year. In accessing the psychological engagement of fake news in the mental health of Gen Z it shows that they are thinking about their mental health and there is a significant impact in terms of cognitive engagement and social engagement. Aside from that it shows that Gen Z’s is also aware of how to respind to specific news or information and they believed that social participation is important. It shows that the majority of the Gen Z is capable of determining whether the information is trustworthy. This study also evaluates the mental health of Gen Z in order to manage the adjustments, worries, and doubts brought on by fake news and to maintain positive interactions with others and our online environment. In addition this study ascertain the significant relationship of psychological impact of fake news in the mental health of Gen Z and it shows that both cognitive and social engagement have a significant relation between fake news and the mental health of Gen Z. To better understand this relationship, future research could use a longitudinal study design to track Gen Z individuals' exposure to fake news and its psychological impact on their mental health. Additionally, a quantitative approach could be used


fake news
mental health
generation Z
module training program
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