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Brief report: The association between adolescents' characteristics and engagement in sexting.

Authors
  • Van Ouytsel, Joris
  • Van Gool, Ellen
  • Ponnet, Koen
  • Walrave, Michel
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Adolescence
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2014
Volume
37
Issue
8
Pages
1387–1391
Identifiers
PMID: 25448834
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The potential emotional and legal consequences of adolescents' engagement in sending sexually explicit pictures through the internet or the mobile phone (i.e., sexting) have caused significant concern about the behavior among practitioners and academics. The present study compares the characteristics of students who engage in sexting to those who do not. A survey among 1028 adolescents of 11 secondary schools in Belgium was administered. Logistic regression analyses suggest that sexting is significantly linked with sensation seeking, experiential thinking styles and depression, while controlling for gender, age, family status and students' response to economic stress. The results are of importance to practitioners who could adapt their prevention and intervention campaigns to better reach this complex youth. Differences with the findings of previous studies highlight the importance of continuing research on sexting and the need to pay attention to the specific context in which adolescent sexting takes place.

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