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Youth with a Mild Intellectual Disability and Cybersafety - PhD

Youth with a mild intellectual disability and Cybersafety.

Time schedule
2016 - 2020

Rogier de Groot MSc (PhD-candidate), Dr. Hendrien Kaal, Prof. dr. Wouter Stol


Main research question
Which experiences (victimization and offending) do adolescents in the age between 12-19 with MID have on the online risk areas aggression, financial-economic crime, sexual activities, and beliefs?
Which risk and protective factors explain why this population have experiences in these risk areas?
How does knowledge on these experiences and their explanations contribute to the delivery of health care services?

Adolescents pose a safety risk in using the internet, like cyberbullying and identity fraude. Adolescents with a mild intellectual disability (MID) seem to be more prone to these risks than average adolescents which can result in victimization and offending behavior. So far little attention has been paid to the online problems of adolescents with MID. Therefore, the aim of this research is to explore the online (risk) behavior of adolescents with MID and to identify important risk and protective factors in order to contribute to the delivery of healthcare services in the Netherlands.

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)