ERIC Number: EJ885878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
A Conceptual Framework for Electronic Socio-Emotional Support for People with Special Needs
Shpigelman, Carmit-Noa; Reiter, Shunit; Weiss, Patrice L.
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v32 n4 p301-308 Dec 2009
In recent years an increasing number of people under psychological distress turn to computer-mediated communication for support. A related development is the increasing number of computer-mediated support groups in which people meet, share interests, and exchange socio-emotional support through text-based messages on computer networks. To date, a few policy makers and researchers have addressed the phenomenon of social-emotional support through electronic communication for populations with special needs. This paper presents a conceptual framework developed to characterize an electronic socio-emotional support process for people with special needs. The electronic socio-emotional support framework is based on a review of the literature as well as the results of a pilot study, which examined the use of an electronic mentoring intervention program based on mutual self-disclosure and friendship between mentors and youth with special needs. The implications of the electronic socio-emotional support framework for people with special needs are discussed.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Mentors, Intervention, Computer Mediated Communication, Disabilities, Stress Management, Youth, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Friendship, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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