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H@ssles and Hopes on the Internet: What Professionals Have Encountered in Dealing with Internet Use and Sexuality among Youths with Intellectual Disabilities
Malmö Universitet, Malmö, Sverige.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6202-4196
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3328-6538
2018 (English)In: Papers of Social Pedagogy, E-ISSN 2392-3083, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 66-82Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Warsawa: Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialization , 2018. Vol. 8, no 1, p. 66-82
Keywords [en]
Special Schools, Youths with intellectual Disability, Internet-usage, Participation
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Social Psychology
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Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Social work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13418DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0011.5851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13418DiVA, id: diva2:1278873
Available from: 2019-01-15 Created: 2019-01-15 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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