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Adolescents' Exposure to Sexually Explicit Online Material, Sexual Uncertainty, and Attitudes toward Uncommitted Sexual Exploration: Is There a Link?

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There is little research on whether adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit online material is related to two important characteristics of their sexual self – sexual uncertainty and sexual exploration. Moreover, the role of gender in these potential associations has hardly been studied. Drawing on a sample of 2,305 Dutch adolescents aged 13 – 20, we found that more frequent exposure to sexually explicit online material was associated with greater sexual uncertainty and more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration (i.e., sexual relations with casual partners/friends or with sexual partners in one-night stands). Testing different causal models for the influence of gender, we found two direct effects: In comparison with female adolescents, male adolescents were less sexually uncertain and held more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration. However, indirect effects of gender also emerged. Male adolescents consumed sexually explicit online material more frequently than female adolescents, which, in turn, was associated with both greater sexual uncertainty and more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration. Our findings call for more attention to adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit material on the internet and identity-related issues.

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pornography; sex; adolescents; sexual attitudes; internet; identity; gender
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Peter, Jochen. and Valkenburg, Patti. "Adolescents' Exposure to Sexually Explicit Online Material, Sexual Uncertainty, and Attitudes toward Uncommitted Sexual Exploration: Is There a Link?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, San Francisco, CA, May 23, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p169952_index.html>

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Peter, J. and Valkenburg, P. M. , 2007-05-23 "Adolescents' Exposure to Sexually Explicit Online Material, Sexual Uncertainty, and Attitudes toward Uncommitted Sexual Exploration: Is There a Link?" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, San Francisco, CA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p169952_index.html

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Abstract: There is little research on whether adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit online material is related to two important characteristics of their sexual self – sexual uncertainty and sexual exploration. Moreover, the role of gender in these potential associations has hardly been studied. Drawing on a sample of 2,305 Dutch adolescents aged 13 – 20, we found that more frequent exposure to sexually explicit online material was associated with greater sexual uncertainty and more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration (i.e., sexual relations with casual partners/friends or with sexual partners in one-night stands). Testing different causal models for the influence of gender, we found two direct effects: In comparison with female adolescents, male adolescents were less sexually uncertain and held more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration. However, indirect effects of gender also emerged. Male adolescents consumed sexually explicit online material more frequently than female adolescents, which, in turn, was associated with both greater sexual uncertainty and more positive attitudes toward uncommitted sexual exploration. Our findings call for more attention to adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit material on the internet and identity-related issues.

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