Overcoming strategies of adolescents’ risky online self-disclosure

Abstract

Aim. Adolescents’ online self-disclosure has a positive influence on adolescents’ development but may also be related to risks that adolescents may not be able to overcome. Thus, the purpose of this study is to find out what do adolescents think about the risks of online self-disclosure and what are the coping strategies they use to overcome these risks. 

Methods. To reach the purpose of the study, four focus groups have been organized. Students were asked what do they think about online self-disclosure and what kind of strategies do they use to overcome negative consequences of risky online disclosure. Content analysis has been used to analyse the collected data. Twenty-one students (18 females and 3 males, 11-17 years), have participated in the study.

Results and conclusion. The results of the study have shown that the coping strategies adolescents use are: asking help from adults, stalker prevention, online privacy management, and awareness of online self-disclosure. 

Key words: online self-disclosure, adolescents, risky behaviour.

Author Biographies

Ugnė Paluckaitė, Vytautas Magnus University, Department of Psychology, Jonavos str. 66 – 331, LT-44191 Kaunas, Lithuania

Ugnė Paluckaitė is a PhD candidate at Vytautas Magnus University, Psychology Department (since October 1st, 2016). The main areas of interest: the psychology of online communication; online self-disclosure; adolescents' risky behaviour in online contexts. 

Kristina Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė, Vytautas Magnus University, Department of Psychology, Jonavos str. 66 – 331, LT-44191 Kaunas, Lithuania

Kristina Žardeckaitė-Maulaitienė is an assoc. prof. PhD at Vytautas Magnus University, Psychology Departement. The main areas of interest: the psychology of communication; gender psychology; risky behaviour in online and offline contexts; the psychology of religiosity.  

Published
2019-04-23
How to Cite
Paluckaitė, U., & Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė, K. (2019). Overcoming strategies of adolescents’ risky online self-disclosure. E-Methodology, 5(5), 46-57. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.417
Section
“On the Internet” – Research