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Elderly and Internet: An Exploratory Research
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore how elderly people in Gävle cope with their life by using of Internet and what are their perceived benefits and barriers of the use of Internet. Qualitative methods were used with face-to-face interviews and email correspondence to gather the data. Six elderly people participated in this study. Coping theory was used to analyse the results. The results were divided into three parts. They were describing the use of Internet, benefits and barriers of using the Internet and reasons behind using the Internet and coping. Benefits include connectedness, gratification, usefulness, and active learning experience. Barriers include limitation, distrust and frustration. This paper used the coping theory to try to describe how these persons adjust the way of thinking and the way of behaving and how they use these strategies to cope with the daily life. It was found that Internet for elderly people is becoming more important nowadays and also it is significant to know how they think about the Internet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Elderly people, Internet, qualitative method, face-to-face interviews, email correspondence and coping theory
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-17537Archive number: SGSMKINSA-V14-11OAI: diva2:746885
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng); Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle (English)
Available from: 2014-09-16 Created: 2014-09-15 Last updated: 2014-09-16Bibliographically approved

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