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ERIC Number: EJ1147807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-5864
Friendship at Any Cost: Parent Perspectives on Cyberbullying Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
McHugh, Meaghan C.; Howard, Donna E.
Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v10 n4 p288-308 2017
Bullying affects approximately 40% of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Cyberbullying, a type of bullying facilitated by electronic devices, may be particularly worrisome for parents of children with IDD as constant monitoring is difficult. In this study, ten parents of Special Olympics Maryland athletes completed a survey and participated in in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Interview questions were based on the routine activities theory, which posits that crime requires a vulnerable target, motivated offender, and lack of effective monitoring. Sixty percent of parents reported that their child with IDD had been bullied at school and, although quantitative analysis indicated no cyberbullying exposure, qualitative analysis implied two children had been cyberbullied. Results suggest parents perceive that individuals with IDD are vulnerable to cyberbullying, require constant monitoring, and have unique resource needs. Cyberbullying is an important health issue for those with IDD; additional research and targeted resources are needed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maryland
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