Love in Cyberspace: Swedish Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Internet.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Love in Cyberspace: Swedish Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and the Internet.
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2008
English abstract
The Internet has become an increasingly common way for people to contact each other, to flirt, fall in love and start relationships. How does this development influence today's young people with intellectual disabilities? The article presents a picture of the Internet experiences of some young adults with intellectual disabilities and discusses how others view this usage. It is based on a qualitative study in Sweden where 10 young people with intellectual disabilities and 12 staff members were interviewed. The interviews show that young people with intellectual disabilities also use the Internet, mainly for social and romantic reasons. They view the Internet as a positive arena where they can be “like everybody else” and therefore generally present themselves without mentioning their disabilities. However, people around them tend to worry considerably and focus mainly on the risks involved in this usage of the Internet.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15017410701758005 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research;2 2008
Volume 10
Pages 125-138
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) sexology
intellectual disability
Internet
Youth
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a790766677~db=all?jumptype=alert&alerttype=ifirst_author_promotion_alert,email (link to this page)
http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6648 (link to this page)

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