Title
Whether or not to engage in sexting : explaining adolescent sexting behaviour by applying the prototype willingness model Whether or not to engage in sexting : explaining adolescent sexting behaviour by applying the prototype willingness model
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
New York ,
Subject
Documentation and information
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Telematics and informatics. - New York
Volume/pages
32(2015) :4 , p. 796-808
ISSN
0736-5853
ISI
000358812000022
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
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.
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