Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2012.04.025
Title: Managing peer relationships online - Investigating the use of Facebook by juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk
Authors: Lim, S.S. 
Chan, Y.H. 
Vadrevu, S.
Basnyat, I. 
Keywords: Facebook
Internet
Juvenile delinquents
Online social networks
Youth rehabilitation
Youths-at-risk
Issue Date: Jan-2013
Citation: Lim, S.S., Chan, Y.H., Vadrevu, S., Basnyat, I. (2013-01). Managing peer relationships online - Investigating the use of Facebook by juvenile delinquents and youths-at-risk. Computers in Human Behavior 29 (1) : 8-15. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2012.04.025
Abstract: While extensive research has been conducted on young people's peer interaction via online communication, the focus has been on mainstream youths, with marginalized youth communities being understudied. To help address this inadequacy, the current study conducted interviews with Singaporean male juvenile delinquents (n = 36) to understand the role of online communication in their peer interactions and the salient characteristics of such interactions. Our findings show that Facebook was the principal tool of online peer interaction. However, given the particular circumstances of juvenile delinquents, online social networking presents issues that may compromise efforts to rehabilitate them. These include extending the time and opportunities for unstructured and unsupervised peer socialization, peer endorsement of delinquent acts and the pressure of having to display group loyalty in the online space. Even after rehabilitation, youths who attempt to distance themselves from their delinquent peers are challenged by the persistence of their online social networks. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Computers in Human Behavior
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52070
ISSN: 07475632
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2012.04.025
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