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“It's not just sexy pics”: an investigation into sexting behaviour and behavioural problems in adolescents

Foody, Mairéad orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-0026-0294, Mazzone, Angela orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5858-8033, Laffan, Derek A. orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-5780-1840, Loftsson, Magnus and O'Higgins Norman, James orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-0997-6942 (2020) “It's not just sexy pics”: an investigation into sexting behaviour and behavioural problems in adolescents. Computers in Human Behavior, 117 . ISSN 0747-5632

Sexting has been identified as an emerging online phenomenon among adolescents. However, research investigating its behavioural correlates and the sexting behaviours (i.e., sending and/or receiving) is still scarce. The present study investigated the association between different sexting behaviours and various behavioural problems among Irish adolescents. A sample of 848 students aged 15–18 participated in the study (Mage = 16.4 years). A self-report measure assessing the sharing of sexual images among teenagers was created and administered for the purpose of this study. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire was adopted to detect emotional and behavioural problems. Findings showed that senders of sexts are more likely to be girls, whereas receivers are more likely to be boys. Two-way sexting (i.e., sending and receiving sexts) was more prominent among boys, LGBTQ adolescents, and positively associated with peer problems. Findings are discussed in terms of their theoretical and practical relevance.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Additional Information:Article number:106662
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sexting; Sexual images; Behavioural problems; Adolescence; LGBTQ
Subjects:Social Sciences > Social psychology
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Institutes and Centres > Anti-Bullying Research Centre (ABC)
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2020.106662
Copyright Information:© 2020 The Authors.
ID Code:25971
Deposited On:04 Jun 2021 16:22 by Vidatum Academic . Last Modified 24 Jan 2024 17:53

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