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Title
Adolescent sexting research : the challenges ahead
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Abstract
Sexting is a relatively commonplace behavior among adolescents. A study in southeast Texas found that 27.6% (259 of 964) of teenagers have sent self-made sexually explicit photographs of themselves.1 For some teenagers, sexting may be a normal part of their sexual development and experimentation.2 However, it remains an important public health issue because the behavior comes with a risk for reputational damage and has been associated with other risk-taking behaviors such as substance use, risky sexual behaviors, and cyberbullying.1,3 The field research has substantially grown during the past years. A search in the Web of Science index for the keyword sexting shows that in 2013, 74 articles were published on the topic. By October 2017, this body of research grew to 273 publications. Despite the boom of research activity surrounding sexting, critical aspects of the behavior have remained unexplored. To deepen our understanding of adolescents sexting behavior and its associated risks and to inspire education and awareness-raising initiatives, sexting research needs to focus on addressing the limitations of prior research. These issues, as well as paths for further research, are highlighted in this Viewpoint.
Language
English
Source (journal)
JAMA pediatrics / American Medical Association. - Chicago, Ill., 2013, currens
JAMA pediatrics / American Medical Association. - Chicago, Ill., 2013, currens
Publication
Chicago : Amer medical assoc , 2018
ISSN
2168-6203 [print]
2168-6211 [online]
Volume/pages
172 :5 (2018) , p. 405-406
ISI
000431638900001
Pubmed ID
29532066
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
BOF Sabbatical Leave - Michel Walrave.
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Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 06.06.2018
Last edited 16.11.2021
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