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Whether or not to engage in sexting : explaining adolescent sexting behaviour by applying the prototype willingness model
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Sexting has received increasing scholarly and media attention. Especially, minors engagement in this behaviour is a source of concern. As adolescents are highly sensitive about their image among peers and prone to peer influence, the present study implemented the prototype willingness model in order to assess how perceptions of peers engaging in sexting possibly influence adolescents willingness to send sexting messages. A survey was conducted among 217 15- to 19-year-olds. A total of 18% of respondents had engaged in sexting in the 2 months preceding the study. Analyses further revealed that the subjective norm was the strongest predictor of sexting intention, followed by behavioural willingness and attitude towards sexting. Additionally, the more favourable young people evaluated the prototype of a person engaging in sexting and the higher they assessed their similarity with this prototype, the more they were willing to send sexting messages. Differences were also found based on gender, relationship status and need for popularity.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Telematics and informatics. - New York
Publication
New York : 2015
ISSN
0736-5853
Volume/pages
32:4(2015), p. 796-808
ISI
000358812000022
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 15.04.2015
Last edited 07.08.2017
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