‘I’m not the same person now’: The psychological implications of online contact risk experiences for adults with intellectual disabilities
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AbstractUnderstanding online risk for adults with intellectual disabilities is important to improve digital inclusion in society. Perceptions of online risk can determine behaviours that obstruct or facilitate Internet access and use. This current study aimed to qualitatively investigate the psychological implications of online victimisation risks, including online negative comments and/or messages for adults with intellectual disabilities, as a novel area yet explored in-depth. Semi-structured interview data was collected remotely. Template analysis found there to be both negative and positive psychological implications experienced in response to online risks. Specifically, participants reported a wide range of negative emotions but also positive growth in the form of learning from the experience and increased confidence. The attribution of blame process in cybervictimisation can involve both blaming the perpetrator but also internalised victim-blaming which may be a consequence of the type of online risk (i.e. sexual risks). Implications for both practice and research are suggested.
CitationClements, F.A., Chadwick, D.D. and Orchard, L.J. (2023) ‘I’m not the same person now’: The psychological implications of online contact risk experiences for adults with intellectual disabilities. New Media and Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444823121799
JournalNew Media and Society
DescriptionThis is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published by SAGE in New Media & Society on 22/12/2023, available online: https://doi.org/10.1177/146144482312179 The accepted manuscript may differ from the final published version.
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