The rise of technology, internet usage and social media is providing a new space for adolescents to communicate and conduct their relationships online. Therefore, it can be argued that this increased usage has created new spaces in which relationship abuses can take place. The purpose of the study is to examine whether adolescents regard digital dating abuses (DDA) such as tracking behaviours via GPS, enforced password sharing and account monitoring as part of the natural dating process. The study will also, through the use of collaborative research, seek to gain young people perceptions of the relationships and sex education they receive and whether this curriculum reflects the reality of young people’s live today. The study will use a mixed methods approach, with a large-scale online anonymised survey and collaborative research with young people.
Start date:October 2019
Research Topic:The normalisation of adolescent digital dating abuse
Research Supervisor:Professor Emma Renold and Dr Honor Young
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship