Social media and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities

Research, Youth with disabilities|

Why this Research is important? This research took a closer look at existing findings regarding young people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and social media. There is limited existing knowledge concerning people with ID and the internet, especially considering youth and social media. Young people with ID may experience unique risks in using the internet, for example bullying or threats, [...]

The Importance of intimate relationships for people with disabilities

Research, Youth with disabilities|

Why this Research is important? This research explored the intimate relationships of people with disabilities, for example intimate friendships and romantic relationships. Intimate relationships: increase ones’ quality of life, help to reduce stress,  increase self-worth and emotional well-being, and  are associated with positive mental health. Knowing what helps such relationships to form is especially important. Those with disabilities may [...]

Sex Education for Youth With Intellectual Disabilities

Research, Youth with disabilities|

Why this Research is Important The purpose of the qualitative pilot study was to develop an understanding of the experiences of sexuality education from the perspective of adolescents with intellectual disabilities (ID). The intent of the research is to inform future sexuality education activities and assist educational staff working in special education schools. Interviews were conducted with adolescents with [...]

Dating and romantic relationships of adolescents with disabilities

Research, Youth with disabilities|

Why this Research is important? This research explored understandings and experiences of romantic relationships in adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Such youth are at high risk for sexual exploitation, making understanding of these individual’s knowledge, understanding, and experience of relationships and what is appropriate within them especially important.  Adolescents and their parents were surveyed relative to a [...]

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