Computers in Human Behaviour to publish a research paper by CNM scholars

A research paper by Associate Professor Lim Sun Sun, Mr. Chan Yoke Hian, Ms Shobha Vadrevu, and Dr. Iccha Basnyat is to be published later this year in the Computers in Human Behaviour journal.

The article is now available online at


Managing peer relationships online – investigating the use of Facebook by juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk


While extensive research has been conducted on young people’s peer interaction via online communication, the focus has been on mainstream youths, with marginalized youth communities being understudied. To help address this inadequacy, the current study conducted interviews with Singaporean male juvenile delinquents (= 36) to understand the role of online communication in their peer interactions and the salient characteristics of such interactions. Our findings show that Facebook was the principal tool of online peer interaction. However, given the particular circumstances of juvenile delinquents, online social networking presents issues that may compromise efforts to rehabilitate them. These include extending the time and opportunities for unstructured and unsupervised peer socialization, peer endorsement of delinquent acts and the pressure of having to display group loyalty in the online space. Even after rehabilitation, youths who attempt to distance themselves from their delinquent peers are challenged by the persistence of their online social networks.

CNM welcomes new department head, Professor Mohan J. Dutta!

Professor Mohan J. Dutta


Professor Mohan Dutta has taken over from Associate Professor Milagros Rivera as the Head of Department of CNM with effect from 1 July 2012.

Prior to this, Professor Dutta was Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Education in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University.  He also served as a Service Learning Fellow and a fellow of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy in Purdue.

Professor Dutta is acknowledged as one of the most prolific scholars in health communication internationally. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalisation politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Currently, he serves as Senior Editor of the journal Health Communication and sits on the editorial board of seven journals.

Concurrently, Professor Dutta will also establish the Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) within CNM for research in health communication and social change in Asia, and serve as its Director.

Meanwhile, Dr. Millie is looking forward to becoming a “civilian professor” after serving as Head for eight years. During her term, she transformed the Information and Communications Management programme into the interdisciplinary Communications and New Media, with a unique curriculum in Asia. Subsequently CNM was upgraded by the university to a full-fledged department, with one of the largest enrollments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

She also pushed the envelope by introducing an internship programme with academic credit and hiring full-time teaching assistants to cater to the large cohorts of students.

For all these efforts, the 2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject has recognised CNM as the third top department worldwide in the discipline of Communication and Media Studies.