H@ssles and Hopes on the Internet : What Professionals have encounter in Dealing with Internet Use and Sexuality among Youths with Intellectual Disabilities.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title H@ssles and Hopes on the Internet : What Professionals have encounter in Dealing with Internet Use and Sexuality among Youths with Intellectual Disabilities.
Author Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta ; Molin, Martin ; Sorbring, Emma
Date 2018
English abstract
This study aims to provide more in-depth knowledge about professionals’ views regarding Internet use among youths with intellectual disability (ID). How do the professionals describe the abilities of the youths with ID when using the Internet for social, romantic, and sexual reasons? What kinds of experiences do the professionals have of these youths’ Internet usage, and how do they talk about their ways of dealing with this? In what ways do the professionals describe their own competence regarding Internet usage among youths with ID aged 16-21 years, and do they express the need for any specific tools? Qualitative research interviews were conducted with 17 professionals, 4 males and 13 females, between the ages of 29 and 58. The professionals described challenges with the youths’ various emotional and intellectual abilities, as well as their technical knowledge in relation to Internet use. The results highlight three themes: A two-fold usage, Between being controlling and permissive, and A lack of strategies. The article discusses the development of a ‘Participation-script’, where a continuous dialogue with the youths with ID exists parallel to a restrictive Net-script. We argue that everyday school situations concern joint decision-making between professionals and pupils with ID. Such an approach to participation is based on relationships, that is, oriented towards the self-understanding and individual agency of youths with ID, as well as to the self-understanding of the professionals involved in the lives of youths with ID.
DOI https://doi.org/10.5604/01.3001.0011.5851 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://pedagogikaspoleczna.uw.edu.pl/resources/html/article/details?id=167174 .Icon
Publisher Index Copernicus
Host/Issue International Papers of Social Pedagogy;8
Volume 1
ISSN 2392-3083
Pages 17
Page 66-82
Language eng (iso)
Subject special schools
intellectual disabilities
internet-usage
participation
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24921 Permalink to this page
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