Love.com : Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Usage of the Internet

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Love.com : Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Usage of the Internet

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dc.contributor.author Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-17T08:54:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-17T08:54:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13968
dc.description.abstract Introduction and method: The Internet has become a common way for people to contact each other, to flirt and start relationships. How does this development influence today’s young people with intellectual disabilities (ID)? This qualitative study is based on interviews with 10 young people with intellectual disabilities and 12 staff members in Sweden. Findings and discussion: Young people with ID also use Internet, mainly for social and romantic reasons. They view the Internet as a positive arena where they can be “like everybody else” without mentioning their disabilities. It is seen as a “free-zone” from the control by staff members and parents. People around them tend to worry and focus on the risks of being deluded or abused involved in the usage. The young people themselves perceive the risks for disappointments or unfulfilled expectations in a partner as the more serious risk. Recommendations: It is important to meet the young people’s need of being a part of the youth net-culture, where they can social contacts and practicing communication and spelling. But also it is vital to inform about the risks of being deluded or abused in a nuanced way. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject Cyberspace en_US
dc.subject Sexuality en_US
dc.subject Love en_US
dc.subject Intellectual Disability en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title Love.com : Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Usage of the Internet en_US
dc.type Conference Paper, peer reviewed en_US
dc.relation.url http://www.genetics.ucla.edu/gendercenter/GenderCenterSite/IASR-2011.html en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Social Work (SA) en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dcterms.description.conferenceName Meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR)
dcterms.description.conferencePlace UCLA, LA
dcterms.description.conferenceYear 2011
mahlocal.rights.oaType green
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