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"T@ngled Up in Blue!": Views of Parents and Professionals on Internet Use for Sexual Purposes Among Young People with Intellectual Disabilities
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Social Work (SA). Malmö högskola, Centre for Sexology and Sexuality Studies (CSS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0297-0591
2015 (English)In: Sexuality and disability, ISSN 0146-1044, E-ISSN 1573-6717, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 533-544Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study aim to examine parents' and professionals' views on the usage of Internet for love and sexual purposes among young people with intellectual disabilities (18-20 yrs.) in Sweden. Five semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted with professionals (n=8) working on special programmes in upper secondary schools and with parents (n=5). The interviews were analysed with thematic analysis and the theory of sexual scripts were guiding the process. The results show that the Internet is seen as a social arena with complex challenges; for love and sexuality, for sexual conduct, and for sexual risk and opportunities. Young people with intellectual disabilities are looked upon as more vulnerable than other youth. However, the result also show that parents view the risk of their adolescent of being lonely as greater than the risk of being abused or mislead. A Net-script consisting of rules is geared towards the young people with intellectual disability. Nevertheless, a change to a more flexible and nuanced Net-script is shown while the group of young persons with intellectual disabilities are seen as more heterogeneous than earlier. In-depth knowledge about parents' and professionals' perspectives on the Internet and sexuality is important since the young people live in a dependency situation towards their surroundings. In addition, the surroundings' attitudes and behaviour are essential for the young peoples' access of support and opportunities to develop their own capacity and to experience love and sexuality.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 533-544
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Intellectual disabilities, Internet, Sexuality, parents, Professionals, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-4965DOI: 10.1007/s11195-015-9415-7ISI: 000365130800010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947048248Local ID: 19456OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-4965DiVA, id: diva2:1401800
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved

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