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Subject/Keyword
social isolation
confusion
sex
online
sexuality
identity
adolescents
Internet
adolescence
sexual predators
relationships
peers
belonging
self
youth
sexual solicitation
conflict
development
safety
teens
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Peske, Sylvia K.
Supervisor and department
Everall, Robin (Dean of Students)
Examining committee member and department
Rinaldi, Christina (Educational Psychology)
Young, Richard (Educational Psychology, UBC)
Yohani, Sophie (Educational Psychology)
Grace, Andre (Educational Psychology)
Wimmer, Randolph (Faculty of Education)
Department
Department of Educational Psychology
Specialization
Counselling Psychology
Date accepted
2014-03-24T15:18:33Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Adolescents’ safety on the Internet is a prime concern in society. Sexual predators use the online environment regularly to solicit adolescents for sexual purposes; however, we know very little about the experiences of adolescents who become victimized in this way. This research used a thematic analysis to examine the experiences of adolescents who had been sexually solicited on the Internet. Eight participants, 18 – 25 years old, having experienced online sexual solicitation between the ages of 12 – 16, were recruited via advertising posters and announcements. Semi-structured interviews were used to obtain rich descriptions of their experience. A thematic analysis using the structure defined by Braun and Clarke (2006) examined the transcripts of interviews to develop themes for understanding the psycho-sociological and decision-making processes adolescents engage in when encountering sexual solicitation online from young adults’ perspectives. Two major themes, Social Isolation and Exploring Sense of Self, along with five subthemes, Belonging, Personal Insecurities, Internal Conflict, Sexuality, and A Significant Experience developed from participants’ accounts. Implications and discussions of these themes are addressed.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3X10K
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