New Em@ncipatory landscapes? Young people with intellectual disabilities, Internet use and Identification processes.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title New Em@ncipatory landscapes? Young people with intellectual disabilities, Internet use and Identification processes.
Author Molin, Martin ; Sorbring, Emma ; Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2017
English abstract
Although research on young people’s identification processes on the Internet is a growing field, there are few studies that illustrate conditions for young people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Previous studies have shown that young people with ID are worried about being marginalized, and that many in fact are lonelier than other young people. Internet and social networking sites might be of vital importance as a space for exploring alternative and less stigmatized identities. This article reports findings from individual interviews with young people in upper secondary special programme for pupils with ID (n=27). The transcribed interviews were analysed with a qualitative approach, using a thematic content analysis. Findings: A prominent finding in the study concerned the informants being well aware of both risks and opportunities using Internet and Social Networking Sites. Consequently, the more they interacted with non-disabled peers, the more they experienced negative consequences of Internet use. A conclusion was that these circumstances rather lead to downsizing than upsizing Internet use, and as prolongation, less participation on Social Networking Sites. Applications: The experiences of the informants will be discussed in a conceptual framework of social identity, participation and emancipation.
DOI https://doi.org/10.18060/21428 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.18060/21428 .Icon
Publisher Indiana University School of Social Work
Host/Issue Advances in social work;18
Volume 2
ISSN 1527-8565
Language eng (iso)
Subject Intellectual disability
Internet use
Participation
Identification processes
Social Networking Sites (SNS)
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24248 Permalink to this page
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