Participants no longer at their original school were surveyed at an alternate time and location.
In addition to the aforementioned legal ramifications and potential for bullying, sexting may be a risk factor for or an indicator of risky sexual behaviors.Given the lack of previous studies, it is unclear how this new behavior fits within the domain of teen dating and sexual behaviors. First, we identify the prevalence and describe the nature of sexting (as sender and receiver) among a large ethnically diverse school-based sample of adolescents.This sampling bias may explain the low prevalence of sexting relative to other studies and online polls.With scant and equivocal empirical data, pediatricians, policy makers, schools, and parents are handicapped by insufficient information about the nature and importance of teen sexting.Research has shown that households with landlines tend to be less ethnically diverse, have higher socioeconomic status, and be more conservative compared with households relying solely on cell phone service.
study were 73% white, 78% lived in a 2-parent household, and 30% lived in households with an annual income of 0 000 or greater.
Second, we examine the association between sexting and sexual behaviors.
While the novelty of this topic prevents us from making specific empirically guided hypotheses, we anticipate that sexting behaviors will differ by sex, be an extension of teens' lives, and will co-occur with their intimate (dating) and sexual (intercourse and risky sex) behaviors.
Study recruitment occurred during school hours in courses with mandated attendance, and both parental permission and student assent were obtained.
Assessments at each point occurred during school hours, and students received a gift card for participating.
Participants self-reported their history of dating, sexual behaviors, and sexting (sent, asked, been asked, and/or bothered by being asked to send nude photographs of themselves).