Intellectual Disabilities and Sexuality : Young People and the Usage of Internet

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Intellectual Disabilities and Sexuality : Young People and the Usage of Internet
Author(s) Löfgren-Mårtenson, Lotta
Date 2009
English abstract
Introduction + 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 during the year of 2005. 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.
Publisher WAS
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Youth with intellectual disability
Internet
Sexuality
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note WAS (World Conference for Sexual Health) Göteborg 21-25 juni 2009.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9290 (link to this page)
Link http://www.sexo-goteborg-2009.com/ (external link to related web page)

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