JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH 2024-04-28T12:28:15+00:00 Editorial Office Open Journal Systems What does TikTok have to do with it? Experiences of Young Adults with Social Media and Life Satisfaction: A Qualitative Analysis of Influences 2024-04-28T12:28:15+00:00 Janet Espinoza Arthalia Weekes <p> </p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This qualitative study investigates the impact of TikTok usage on the life satisfaction and its contribution towards self-actualization of young adults aged 18-25. Adopting a phenomenological approach, the research explores the experiences and perceptions of TikTok engagement and its relation to the life satisfaction of five young adults. Six main themes emerged for the analysis: 1) Love &amp; Belonging, 2) Influence, 3) Life Satisfaction, 4) Self-Esteem and Identify, 5) Mood, and 6) Risks and Challenges. These findings uncover various aspects of TikTok use, such as content consumption patterns and emotional responses, offering insights into the nuanced ways TikTok influences young adults' perceptions of their lives and contribute to a deeper understanding of the relationship between the platform engagement and life satisfaction. Furthermore, this research underscores the importance of social workers' role in advocating for ethical social media practices and clinical interventions tailored to address the impacts of social media on the overall wellbeing of young adults. </span></p> 2024-06-03T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Janet Espinoza, Arthalia Weekes Understanding DSM-5-TR: Changes, Updates, and Ethical Practices in Mental Health. 2023-12-29T05:28:40+00:00 Tony Bobadilla <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This overview delves into the DSM-5-TR, exploring its historical development, organization, and significant changes, emphasizing cultural, racist, and discriminatory considerations, coding intricacies, and the assessment of children. The updated criteria for various disorders are examined, with a particular focus on Prolonged Grief Disorder and its associated concerns. Future research suggests enhancing the DSM-5-TR through dimensional approaches and investigating their impact on clinical practice and patient outcomes. Mental health professionals are urged to use the DSM-5-TR effectively and ethically, considering both its strengths and limitations. The paper aims to comprehensively understand the DSM-5-TR and its prospective role in shaping research and clinical practices.</span></p> 2024-01-23T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Tony Bobadilla Franchising Contracts and its Legal Issues: A Sight on the UK and US Laws 2023-12-16T13:10:42+00:00 Badar Mohammad Almeajel <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Franchising, being a widely adopted business strategy on a worldwide scale, is dependent on complex legal structures that regulate the interactions between franchisors and franchisees. This article presents an informative overview of franchising contracts and the associated legal issues, focusing on a comparative analysis between the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (US). This paper aims to provide insight into the structure, regulation, and enforcement of franchising contracts in two different jurisdictions. Through careful examination, the specific characteristics of both jurisdictions will be highlighted. This article examines franchising contracts and their legal intricacies in two notable legal systems.</span></p> 2024-01-23T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Badar Mohammad Almeajel Challenges encountered: A Qualitative analysis of professionals’ lived experiences in the field of autism 2023-12-16T03:05:20+00:00 Tony Bobadilla Elizabeth Baltus Hebert Janet Espinoza <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) significantly impacts American families, requiring substantial support from professionals in the field. This qualitative study explores the experiences of nine professionals in the ASD field using a phenomenological framework. Four main themes emerged from the analysis: 1) Service Delivery Constraints, 2) Knowledge Limitations, 3) Professional Adaptation, and 4) Future Directions. These findings illuminate the unique challenges professionals face in service delivery and their roles within the autism field. The study provides practical and scholarly insights based on real-life experiences, benefiting professionals, scholars, and families with children with autism.</span></p> 2024-01-23T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2024 Tony Bobadilla, Elizabeth Baltus Hebert, Janet Espinoza