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ERIC Number: EJ1153622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Sexty Southerners: Sexting Content and Behaviors among Selected Southern Undergraduates
Hudson, Heather K.; Marshall, S. Alexandra
Health Educator, v48 n1 p34-43 Spr 2016
Sexting is defined as sending/posting/sharing sexually explicit messages or nude/semi-nude images via electronic communication. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess and determine relationships of sexting behavioral intentions, sexting behaviors, and sexting content among selected Southern undergraduate students. Methods: Survey instruments were administered to multiple sections of a required undergraduate Health and Fitness course at a midsized, Southern university. Survey instruments were analyzed using a series of descriptive statistics, t-tests, Kruskal-Wallis tests, and Spearman's Rho correlations. Results: Of nearly 500 (n = 469) undergraduate participants, nearly three-fourths of participants (73.1%) have ever sexted, while 35% have sexted within the past 30 days. Statistically significant differences were found in sexting content among gender, race, number of lifetime and current sexual partners, and number of lifetime sexting partners. Statistically significant (but moderate) positive correlations were found between sexual and sextual partners, sexual images, sexual messages, and risk reduction sexts. Discussion: The majority of participants engaged in a variety of sexting behaviors with varied content. Further, those who sext also discussed STI/HIV prevention, as well as other risk reduction behaviors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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