ERIC Number: EJ821373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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The Effect of Frequency and Type of Internet Use on Perceived Social Support and Sense of Well-Being in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury
Miller, Susan M.
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, v51 n3 p148-158 2008
This article examines the effect of frequency and type of Internet use on perceived social support and sense of well-being in persons with spinal cord injury. The results show that Internet use is not significantly related to perceived social support. Bivariate analysis indicates that there is a significant negative association between total Internet use and overall sense of well-being. Simultaneous regression further investigated the nature of this relationship by examining the contribution of 10 online activities to four scales measuring sense of well-being. Frequency of online gaming was negatively associated with each scale. Disability-related information seeking was also negatively associated with psychological and financial well-being, as well as perceived social support. These results suggest that Internet use as a whole should not be overlooked by rehabilitation counselors for its practical uses to increase independence and social connectedness in persons with disabilities; however, care should be used, particularly with online gaming.
Descriptors: Injuries, Information Seeking, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counselors, Internet, Well Being, Social Support Groups, Correlation, Disabilities, Psychological Patterns, Income
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