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Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and Social Media: A Literature Review and Thematic Analysis

Review article
Authors Åsa Borgström
Kristian Daneback
Martin Molin
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 129-140
ISSN 1501-7419
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 129-140
Language en
Links doi.org/10.16993/sjdr.549
Keywords Internet; social media; intellectual disabilities; young people; literature review; thematic analysis
Subject categories Other Social Sciences

Abstract

Background: The aim of this review is to identify and analyse the research findings in the field of young people with intellectual disabilities and social media. Method: Twelve peer-reviewed papers published in well-established and recognized journals between 2001 and 2017 were identified from electronic database searches (Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar), the Internet (Facebook) and correspondence with experts. Results: Six topics were identified through thematic analysis of the texts: opportunities, risk and vulnerability, sexuality, identity, barriers and support. Conclusion: The latest research on young people with intellectual disabilities is characterized by issues of risk, vulnerability and support. The concept of positive risk-taking is suggested for the development of methodological approaches in practice and research. Furthermore, vulnerability, online and offline activities and identity formation should be examined more closely, and there is a call for new research methods in this area, for example observations and netnography.

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