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An online life like any other: identity, self-determination, and social networking among adults with intellectual disabilities

Chadwick, DD and Fullwood, C (2018) An online life like any other: identity, self-determination, and social networking among adults with intellectual disabilities. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21 (1). pp. 56-64. ISSN 2152-2715

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Research focusing on online identity and the personal experiences of adults with Intellectual disabilities (ID) is currently limited. Eleven adults with Intellectual disabilities were interviewed regarding personal experiences of being online and using social media. Data were analyzed qualitatively using thematic network analysis. Two global themes of ‘Online Relatedness and Sharing’ and ‘Online Agency and Support’ highlighted the positive potential of social media in enabling the development and maintenance of social bonds, valued social roles and feelings of enjoyment, competence, autonomy and self-worth. Participants reported sharing various expressed online identities, which did not focus on or hide impairment, challenging notions of dependency, with participants both providing support and being supported online.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article:An Online Life Like Any Other: Identity, Self-Determination, and Social Networking Among Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Darren D. Chadwick and Chris Fullwood, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking 2018 21:1, 56-64 , which has now been formally published in final form at Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking at 10.1089/cyber.2016.068956. This original submission version of the article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ self-archiving terms and conditions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual Disability; Online Identity; Self-determination; Social Capital; Humans; Social Identification; Personal Autonomy; Adult; Mentally Disabled Persons; Female; Male; Young Adult; Intellectual Disability; Social Media; Social Networking; intellectual disability; online identity; self-determination; social capital; Adult; Female; Humans; Intellectual Disability; Male; Personal Autonomy; Persons with Mental Disabilities; Social Identification; Social Media; Social Networking; Young Adult; 0806 Information Systems; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences; Clinical Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV1551 People with disabilities
Divisions: Psychology (from Sep 2019)
Publisher: Mary Ann Leibert, inc
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2024 11:47
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2024 12:00
DOI or ID number: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0689
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22496
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