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Girls' and boys' experience with teen sexting in early and late adolescence

Organisation Fakulta sociálních studií Masarykovy univerzity
Year 2016
Research type paper in Journal
Annotation This study explored the extent to which sexting represents a problematic behavior in early and late adolescence. Using data from the EU Kids Online II project (17,016 participants aged 11e16 from 25 European countries, 49.7% boys), multilevel logistic regression analyses were conducted separately for four groups: younger girls, older girls, younger boys, and older boys. Irrespective of age and gender, sexting was associated with emotional problems and alcohol use. Its effect decreased in older adolescents, except for emotional difficulties, which remained relatively high in older boys. Vaginal sex was associated with sexting in both younger and older boys while, in girls, the association was observed only in the older group. Younger boys with higher self-efficacy were more likely to send sexts than those with lower self-efficacy. Although sexting is associated with psychological challenges and other types of risk behavior, sexting in some younger boys may not necessarily represent problematic behavior.
Keywords sexting; adolescent sexuality; EU Kids Online; risk behaviour
Research type unrepeated research
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Obor AN Psychology, AO Sociology, demography
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Organisation Fakulta sociálních studií Masarykovy univerzity
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Registry administrator Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Operator Národní pedagogický institut ČR
In cooperation Czech Council of Children and Youth
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