Yukari Seko

Yukari Seko
Ryerson University · Department of Professional Communication

PhD Communication and Culture

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May 2018 - August 2018
University of Toronto Scarborough
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  • Instructor
Description
  • HLTC48 Health Communication and Media
January 2017 - April 2017
The University of Western Ontario
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • HS4091b Social Media in Health
October 2016 - present
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Position
  • Research Associate

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Objective: This study explored how Canada's postsecondary institutions have informed students about campus mental health (MH) services via websites and social media during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: We conducted a Web-based environmental scan of 20 universities and 24 colleges across the province of Ontario, Canada, between October 2020 and...
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Introduction: Transition from pediatric to adult care has significant implications for health outcomes in youth with special health care needs. To optimally support the transition, health care and social service providers must work collaboratively with youth and families in service planning, implementation, and evaluation. Based on interviews with...
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Suicide and self-harm are complex, multifaceted, and simultaneously personal and social phenomena. While what motivates a person to engage in these acts cannot be reduced to a single factor, the media's role as a shaper and conduit of meanings has attracted considerable scholarly and practitioner attention. Although the mass media has been, and wil...
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Food has profound symbolic values that shape one’s cultural identity. For immigrant families, home-packed lunches – as a meal to be consumed outside home – can play a crucial role in maintaining their emotional ties to the ‘home’ and preserve their culinary identities across generation. However, norms and expectations around what to eat at school d...
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Over the last few decades, self-injury has gained wide visibility in Japanese popular culture from manga (graphic novel), anime (animation), to digital games and fashion. Among the most conspicuous is the emergence of menhera (a portmanteau of “mental health-er”) girls, female characters who exhibit unstable emotionality, obsessive love, and stereo...
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Bento, a Japanese-style boxed lunch, has a distinct cultural meaning for Japanese people as a medium of affective communication between children and parents. However, in Canadian schools governed by the dominant food norms, their culinary practices may stand out. This study employed an arts-informed participatory design to explore how school-aged c...
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Purpose Youth Facilitators (YFs) are peer service providers (SPs) with childhood-onset disabilities working in pediatric rehabilitation teams. This study explored the YF role focusing on what work YFs do, the perceived facilitators and challenges pertinent to the role integration process, and the evolution of the role over the study period. Method...
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This study explored representations of self-injury in Japanese manga (graphic novels). A content analysis of fifteen slice-of-life manga published between 2000-2017 was conducted, focusing on forty scenes that depict eighteen characters engaging in self-injury. Most depictions of self-injury reflect a stereotypical perception of "self-injurer," a y...
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As students populating higher education (HE) are becoming increasingly diverse, there is a growing need to equip educators with learner-centred communication skills. A solution-focused (SF) approach represents one attractive option to equip HE instructors and supervisors with strengths-based, goal-oriented communication techniques. This scoping rev...
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Throughout the 47-year history of the Canadian Journal of Communication (CJC), the topic of disability has been a faint note played in the background. Only occasionally , it comes to the fore to sing in the chorus with other socially constructed categories, such as gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, social class, and health. Although there is a gro...
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Aims: This qualitative evaluation study assessed perceived impacts of a solution-focused coaching (SFC) training rolled out in a Canadian pediatric rehabilitation hospital from the perspective of clinical service providers. Methods: Thirteen clinical service providers were interviewed six months after receiving 2-day SFC training. Participants retr...
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Backgrounds: Resiliency has attracted a growing interest in paediatric rehabilitation as a key capacity for disabled children and their families to thrive. This study aimed to identify measures used to assess resiliency of disabled children/youth and their families and critically appraise the current use of resiliency measures to inform future res...
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There is a strong parallel between the discursive construction of youth and the definition of resilience, with shared characterizations of deficit, risk and adversity. The purpose of this study was to explore the possibility of redefining resilience by incorporating youth’s own conceptualizations and experiences through collaborative art-making. Tw...
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Fostering successful interprofessional collaboration remains a challenge in pediatric rehabilitation. A coaching approach can enhance client-centered care and provide a transdisciplinary framework for collaboration. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to evaluate the impact of Solution-Focused Coaching in Pediatric Rehabilitation (SFC-peds)...
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Aims: This qualitative descriptive study explored perceived impacts of solution-focused coaching in pediatric rehabilitation (SFC-peds) from the viewpoint of experienced therapists. Methods: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with six participants (four occupational therapists and two physical therapists) who had incorporated SFC-pe...
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Purpose: Children’s resiliency is seen as important in pediatric rehabilitation, but is seldom the focus of research or intervention. This article presents a resiliency framework to inform pediatric rehabilitation research, service design, and practice. Methods: The development of the framework was guided by a transactional, life course perspective...
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Background: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a serious public health concern facing adolescents and young adults worldwide. Despite growing concern that accessing NSSI content on the internet may negatively influence perceptions toward NSSI recovery, no studies have examined actual impacts. Objectives: This experimental pilot study assessed th...
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The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) United States License. A PDF of the full text is available from: https://www.scribd.com/document/360717441/Internet-Research-Ethics-for-the-Social-Age-New-Challenges-Cases-and-Contexts-Full
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This article is a collaborative autoethnographic reflection about two dance-based research projects. Our objectives for the projects were two-fold: to practice knowledge production and mobilization in a way that diverged from dominant traditional Western scholarship, and to re-examine our engagement with the self-injury focus of previous research....
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INTRODUCTION: Although the field of social work has experienced an exponential increase in the use of arts-based methodology, the way in which knowledge shared through artful presentations is understood by audience members remains understudied. As arts-based inquiry often involves active co-construction of meanings between researchers, participants...
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Images featuring self-injury (SI) have been proliferating on social media. This article reports the findings of a visual narrative analysis of 294 photo-based posts on Tumblr, exploring how SI is narrated through the interplay between image content, photographic composition, associated texts and tags, and reblogging. Findings reveal a shift in the...
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Despite the growing visibility of sonogram pictures online, there are as yet few critical explorations into how prenatal “digital birth” generates new ways of conceptualizing pregnancy, parenthood, and (digital) life course of children. This chapter aims to contribute to this nascent area of inquiry by addressing some of the ways in which the fetus...
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Though relatively rare in number, public suicides are ubiquitous with people, taking their lives in public spaces – by setting themself ablaze on the street, jumping off buildings or bridges, or committing seppuku, a ritual disemboweling in front of public audience. Some of these suicides were politically motivated and represented a mode of protest...
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Objective: This review aimed to synthesize current evidence on the perceived benefits and risks of online activity pertinent to nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Method: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify peer-reviewed articles, which yielded a total of 27 articles published between 2005 and 2015. Following this, a thematic a...
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We conducted a scoping review to identify and summarize the current state of knowledge regarding the mental health effects associated with bed bugs. We employed a five-stage scoping review framework, to systematically identify and review eligible articles. Eligibility criteria included a focus on bed bug infestations and reference to mental health...
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The last decade has witnessed an exponential growth in user-generated online content featuring Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), including photography, digital video, poems, blogging, and drawings. Although the increasing visibility of NSSI content has evoked public concern over potential health risks, little research has investigated why people are...
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Abstract Mobile phone technologies have been hailed as a promising means for delivering mental health interventions to youth and adolescents, the age group with high cell phone penetration and with the onset of 75% of all lifetime mental disorders. Despite the growing evidence in physical health and adult mental health, however, little information...
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The DIY ethos is already central to an emerging global culture where local needs drive the development of sustainable solution for societies at large. Peers can be individuals or part of organizations ranging from anonymous smart mobs to more rationalized self-organizing bodies such as commons. Maker culture has the potential to represent a cultura...
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The advancement of Web 2.0 technologies has drastically extended the realm of self-expression, to the extent that personal and potentially controversial photographs are widely shared with public viewers. This study examined user-generated photographs of self-injury (SI) uploaded on a popular photo-sharing site Flickr.com, to explore how the photo u...
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In this article, we undertake a reflective narrative inquiry into the GimpGirl Community (GGC), an online group of women with disabilities. We explore 12 years of GGC activity through community archives and auto-biographic narratives of GGC organizers, to understand how these women actively created a safe and open space for like-minded individuals,...
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Internet-mediated joint suicides or “Net group suicides” (Net shinjū) has become a significant social problem in Japan since 2002. Despite a privileged view of suicide-related cyberspaces as a murky underworld, there has been little study about how the participants of such spaces interact and perform their “suicidal” identity. Viewing cyberspace as...

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This project explores food practice of Asian migrants in Canada, focusing on food culture mismatch between home and institutionalized environment (e.g., school lunchtime, hospital, long-term care facilities).
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Explore the impacts of solution-focused approach in healthcare and educational contexts