Publication
Title
Sexting scripts in adolescent relationships : is sexting becoming the norm?
Author
Abstract
This study offers empirical insight into adolescents' norms around sexting. Informed by sexual scripting theory, we investigated the extent to which young people perceive sexting as being a likely behavior in the context of a romantic relationship (the sexting script). A distinction is made between what adolescents find likely among same-aged peers (the general sexting script) versus what they find likely in their personal situation (the personal sexting script). Data were gathered through questionnaires from adolescents aged 13-18years (N=357, 45% male). The results show that sexting scripts are gendered and that adolescents perceive sexting as being more likely to occur among peers than in their personal situation. The personal sexting script is related to the general sexting script, sexual experiences, and the use of online pornography. The results of the study are useful for the design of sexting education and sensitization messages toward youth.
Language
English
Source (journal)
New media and society. - London
Publication
London : 2018
ISSN
1461-4448
Volume/pages
20:10(2018), p. 3836-3857
ISI
000446033800017
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Project info
BOF Sabbatical Leave - Michel Walrave.
Publication type
Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 09.11.2018
Last edited 16.07.2021
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