Psychosocial barriers to internet use among older adults

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dc.contributor Terrell, Joanne J.
dc.contributor Hamner, Karl A.
dc.contributor Traylor, Amy C.
dc.contributor Stevens, Alan B.
dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Brenda D. Maloney, Brian John
dc.contributor.other University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2017-03-01T17:10:09Z 2017-03-01T17:10:09Z 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001667
dc.identifier.other Maloney_alatus_0004D_12053
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract The perspectives of a small network of non-Internet adopting older adults were explored. A general inductive approach illuminated a complex social system where both psychological and social factors contributed and influenced the barriers to non-use of the Internet. The researcher, using a qualitative design and purposive sampling, interviewed 15 older adults 65-87, who were mainly white, protestant, from a county in the southeastern area of the U.S. The general inductive approach and structural coding were used to analyze the qualitative data to identify themes in the text data that were related to the research objectives. Older adults were asked to elaborate on the main reasons for non-use, delve into the factors contributing to their fears and concerns, and reflect on their social network experiences that either provided support or hindered their interest in Internet adoption. The findings illuminated reticent older adult participants with vacillating levels of interest and reasons for non-adoption that were influenced by co-occurring psychological and social factors. While some support was found regarding the positive influence of social networks, direct and indirect discouragement was primarily found within the social networks of older non-users, which created a barrier to adoption. Serendipitous findings suggested that some participants were in multiple stages of Rogers's Diffusion of Innovations theory suggesting that the ubiquitous nature of Internet-based mobile technology and the ever-changing landscape of technology products hindered decision-making. en_US
dc.format.extent 110 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated. en_US
dc.subject Gerontology
dc.subject Aging
dc.subject Social research
dc.title Psychosocial barriers to internet use among older adults en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. School of Social Work Social Work The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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