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Sexting by high school students: an exploratory and descriptive study.
Arch Sex Behav 2013; 42(1):15-21AS

Abstract

Recently, a phenomenon known as sexting, defined here as the transfer of sexually explicit photos via cell phone, has received substantial attention in the U.S. national media. To determine the current and potential future impact of sexting, more information about the behavior and the attitudes and beliefs surrounding it must be gathered, particularly as it relates to sexting by minors. The present study was designed to provide preliminary information about this phenomenon. Participants were 606 high school students (representing 98 % of the available student body) recruited from a single private high school in the southwestern U.S. Nearly 20 % of all participants reported they had ever sent a sexually explicit image of themselves via cell phone while almost twice as many reported that they had ever received a sexually explicit picture via cell phone and, of these, over 25 % indicated that they had forwarded such a picture to others. Of those reporting having sent a sexually explicit cell phone picture, over a third did so despite believing that there could be serious legal and other consequences attached to the behavior. Given the potential legal and psychological risks associated with sexting, it is important for adolescents, parents, school administrators, and even legislators and law enforcement to understand this behavior.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 380 S. 1530 E., Room 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. donald.strassberg@psych.utah.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22674035

Citation

Strassberg, Donald S., et al. "Sexting By High School Students: an Exploratory and Descriptive Study." Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 42, no. 1, 2013, pp. 15-21.
Strassberg DS, McKinnon RK, Sustaíta MA, et al. Sexting by high school students: an exploratory and descriptive study. Arch Sex Behav. 2013;42(1):15-21.
Strassberg, D. S., McKinnon, R. K., Sustaíta, M. A., & Rullo, J. (2013). Sexting by high school students: an exploratory and descriptive study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42(1), pp. 15-21. doi:10.1007/s10508-012-9969-8.
Strassberg DS, et al. Sexting By High School Students: an Exploratory and Descriptive Study. Arch Sex Behav. 2013;42(1):15-21. PubMed PMID: 22674035.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexting by high school students: an exploratory and descriptive study. AU - Strassberg,Donald S, AU - McKinnon,Ryan K, AU - Sustaíta,Michael A, AU - Rullo,Jordan, Y1 - 2012/06/07/ PY - 2010/08/24/received PY - 2012/03/10/accepted PY - 2012/03/07/revised PY - 2012/6/8/entrez PY - 2012/6/8/pubmed PY - 2013/5/31/medline SP - 15 EP - 21 JF - Archives of sexual behavior JO - Arch Sex Behav VL - 42 IS - 1 N2 - Recently, a phenomenon known as sexting, defined here as the transfer of sexually explicit photos via cell phone, has received substantial attention in the U.S. national media. To determine the current and potential future impact of sexting, more information about the behavior and the attitudes and beliefs surrounding it must be gathered, particularly as it relates to sexting by minors. The present study was designed to provide preliminary information about this phenomenon. Participants were 606 high school students (representing 98 % of the available student body) recruited from a single private high school in the southwestern U.S. Nearly 20 % of all participants reported they had ever sent a sexually explicit image of themselves via cell phone while almost twice as many reported that they had ever received a sexually explicit picture via cell phone and, of these, over 25 % indicated that they had forwarded such a picture to others. Of those reporting having sent a sexually explicit cell phone picture, over a third did so despite believing that there could be serious legal and other consequences attached to the behavior. Given the potential legal and psychological risks associated with sexting, it is important for adolescents, parents, school administrators, and even legislators and law enforcement to understand this behavior. SN - 1573-2800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22674035/abstract/Sexting_by_High_School_Students:_An_Exploratory_and_Descriptive_Study_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-012-9969-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -