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Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Social Sciences

Anu Sirola

Anu Sirola


Phone: 050 509 9184
Room: LINNA 5033

Office hours: By appointment

Research interests:

Social media, virtual communities, social identity, gambling problems


Sirola., A., Kaakinen, M., Savolainen, I. & Oksanen, A. (2019) Loneliness and online gambling-community participation of young social media users. Computers in Human Behavior 95(June), 136-145. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.01.023

Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A., Savolainen, I. & Oksanen, A. (2018). Shared Identity and Shared Information in Social Media: Development and Validation of the Identity Bubble Reinforcement Scale. Media Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/15213269.2018.1544910.

Oksanen, A., Savolainen, I., Sirola, A., & Kaakinen, M. (2018) Problem gambling and Psychological Distress: a cross-national perspective on the mediating effect of consumer debt and debt problems among emerging adults.  Harm Reduction Journal, DOI: 10.1186/s12954-018-0251-9

Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M., & Oksanen, A. (2018). Excessive gambling and online gambling communities. Journal of Gambling Studies 34(4), 1313-1325. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-018-9772-0.

Savolainen, I., Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M. & Oksanen A. (2018) Peer group identification as determinant of youth behavior and the role of perceived social support in problem gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies,
Savolainen, I., Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A., & Oksanen, A. (2018). Addictive behaviors and psychological distress among adolescents and emerging adults: A mediating role of peer group identification. Addictive Behaviors Reports, 7, 75–81.

Oksanen, A., Sirola, A., Savolainen, I. & Kaakinen, M. (2018) Gambling patterns and associated risk and protective factors among Finnish young people. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 35.

Rantasila, A., Sirola, A., Kekkonen, A., Valaskivi, K., & Kunelius, R. (2018) #fukushima Five Years On: A multimethod analysis of Twitter on the anniversary of the nuclear disaster. International Journal of Communication 12, 928-949.

Turja, T., Oksanen, A., Kaakinen, M., Sirola, A., Kaltiala-Heino, R., & Räsänen, P. (2016) Pro-eating disorder websites and subjective well-being: A four-country study on young people online. International Journal of Eating Disorders. DOI: 10.1002/eat. 22589.

Oksanen, A., Garcia, D., Sirola, A., Näsi, M., Kaakinen, M., Keipi, T., & Räsänen, P. (2015). Pro-Anorexia and anti-pro-anorexia videos on YouTube: Sentiment analysis of user responses. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(11):e256. DOI: 10.2196/jmir.5007.

International conference presentations:

Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M., Savolainen, I. & Oksanen, A. Identity bubbles and social influence in social media behaviour among young people. Internet, Policy and Politics -conference, September 20-21, 2018, Oxford.

Sirola, A., Kaakinen, M. & Oksanen, A. Who prefers experience over facts? Experimental insight into young people's reactions to gambling-related online content. 4th Contemporary Drug Problems Conference, August 23, 2017, Helsinki.

Research projects:

Problem Gambling and Social Media: Social Psychological Study on Youth Behavior in Online Gaming Communities (The Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies 2017–)

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