Impact of Social media use training for adults with intellectual disabilities: A pilot study

Pammi Raghavendra, Fiona Rillotta, Abi Thirumanickam, Ruth Walker, Sue Balandin

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Abstract

Introduction: To study the effectiveness of social media use training on social media skills and the social networks of adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) living in supported accommodation.

Methods: A sequential mixed methods design was used. Six participants (aged 31 to 39) completed a 12‐week training program. Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) was used to identify social media problem areas. Individualised goals were developed using the Goal Attainment Scales (GAS). Intervention focussed on cyber‐safety, and the use of participant‐preferred social media (e.g., Facebook, Messenger.) Social networks of participants were mapped using the Circles of Communication Partners (CCP) pre‐ and post‐intervention.

Results: COPM ratings of pre/post performance and satisfaction was significant on paired t‐tests (Performance t (df = 5) = −4.901, p = .004; Satisfaction t (df = 5) = −5.105, p = .004). The GAS T‐scores showed that all participants attained most of their goals. The CCPs demonstrated that most participants had increased social networks following the training. Participants reported a sense of achievement from learning new skills that allowed them to connect and be a part of the lives of their friends and families.

Implications: Providing adults with ID access to social media enhanced their social networks and opportunity to learn new skills. Future research should focus on a larger cohort of participants with ID in different living environments.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2019
EventInternational Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 16th World Congress: Future4All - SEC Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20199 Aug 2019
http://www.iassidd2019.com/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) 16th World Congress
Abbreviated titleIASSIDD19
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow, Scotland
Period6/08/199/08/19
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Keywords

  • social media use
  • adults
  • intellectual disability
  • intervention

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