Women with Physical Disability, Social Media and the Making of Preferred Identity

Yau, Carmen. 2023. 'Women with Physical Disability, Social Media and the Making of Preferred Identity'. In: 5th International Sexuality and Social Work Conference. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom 18-19 July 2023. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

Disabled women face challenges in developing their identity due to intersectional oppression and stigmatisation. The objectives of this study are to understand the oppressive experience of disabled women and how they make use of social media that facilitate them to subjectively perceive their selves in their preferred manner and their frames of reference. Purposive sampling was conducted. Each participant had three semi-structured interviews at 30 days intervals. In each interview, participants were invited to share three social media posts that they feel best represent them as disabled women. Thematic analysis and further interpretation of the data provided a full picture of the process of identity construction via social media. This study takes a “disability affirmative” approach to reflect how social constitution influences the self-conception of disabled women as well as exploring how disabled women can exercise their agency in the social-culturaltechnological context. This study helps to build a cultural model as a re-focused theoretical framework to support people with disabilities in social work practice, education and research. Thus, it also helps to how social media can be useful in social work practice.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)

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Best Poster Presentation Award

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Social Work


18 July 2023Completed

Event Location:

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom

Date range:

18-19 July 2023

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Date Deposited:

17 Oct 2023 15:38

Last Modified:

17 Oct 2023 15:40



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