It also aimed to determine whether differences in risk were "Sexting groups" with text-based versus photo-based sexts. Sexting of any kind was associated with higher rates of engaging in
Sexting groups variety of sexual behaviors, and sending photos was associated with higher rates of sexual activity than sending text messages only.
Sexting behavior both photo and text messages was not uncommon among middle school youth and co-occurred with sexual behavior. These data suggest that phone behaviors, even flirtatious messages, may be an indicator of risk.
Clinicians, parents, and health programs should discuss sexting with early adolescents. It also examines differences in sexual risk between sending sexual messages and sexual photos. In fact, texting is the most common form of daily communication used by teenagers more than phones or face to facewith a median of 60 texts sent per day.
This may be particularly true for youth identified as at-risk because of emotional and behavioral difficulties, for whom research has identified higher rates of sexual risk behaviors. Some definitions also include the transmission of sexually explicit text messages. This distinction may be important because sending a sexually explicit message may not have the same social consequences as sending a photo. In addition, no studies have explored the relationship between these 2 types of sexting behaviors with sexual risk.
Published on adolescent sexting behaviors are scant, making it difficult to determine prevalence. Even in the absence of clear data regarding prevalence, sexting may still serve as a potentially important marker of risky behavior. Furthermore, because youth become more interested in romantic relationships and sexuality during puberty, 10 sexting is likely to emerge during the middle school years; however, no studies have exclusively examined sexting among early adolescents, particularly at-risk middle school students.
Little is known about the characteristics that separate teenagers who engage in sexting versus those who do not. Findings from cross-sectional studies of high school students suggest that teenagers who sext engage
Sexting groups higher rates of sexual activity, which may put them at further risk for unintended pregnancy, HIV, and sexually transmitted diseases.
Rice and colleagues found that teenagers who sexted were 7 times more likely to be sexually active and nearly twice as likely to engage in unprotected sex than their peers. They also found that girls who had sent naked photos of themselves had a higher chance of engaging in risky sex, including having multiple partners and using substances before sex. Other "Sexting groups" that may Sexting groups adolescents who sext versus those who do not include being nonheterosexual, white or African American, and older age.
Reports of sexual intentions are related to sexual behaviors among youth with mental health problems, 1112 but it is unknown Sexting groups teenagers with greater intentions to have sex engage in sexting. Sexting may also relate to difficulties with managing emotions.
Adolescents who report more intense and labile emotions and less effective regulation of these Sexting groups have been found to report more problem behaviors 16 and more sexual partners. Given the existing gaps in the literature, the goal of the current study was to Sexting groups the prevalence of sexting behaviors among a sample of at-risk early adolescents. We Sexting groups to determine whether sexual activity including a continuum of low-risk to high-risk behaviorsintentions to have sex, perceived approval of sexual activity, and affect regulation skills are related to sexting behavior.
Also, as suggested "Sexting groups" Rice and colleagues, 6 we examined the differing impact of sending sexually explicit messages versus photos to determine if these behaviors represent different levels of risk. The sample consisted of adolescents participating in Project TRAC Talking about Risk and Adolescent Choicesa sexual risk prevention trial for at-risk early adolescents that enrolled participants from 5 urban public middle schools in Rhode Island between and Eligible youth were in the seventh grade, between 12 and 14 years of age, and identified by school counselors, nurses, and administrators for symptoms of behavioral or emotional difficulties.
These school professionals were provided with a standardized checklist of symptoms eg, withdrawing, hyperactivity, nervousness, declining grades to assist in identifying students. Students were excluded if they were pregnant, self-identified as HIV-positive, were developmentally delayed, had a history of sexually aggressive behavior, were unable to participate in groups in English, or had a sibling in the project.
School staff obtained permission for study staff to contact families and obtain face-to-face consent and assent. Adolescents were classified as not engaging in any sexting behaviors No Sextingas having sent sexual messages only Text Onlyor as having sent sexual photos, with or without texts Photo. Unpublished manuscript, Columbia University, New York, NY were used to assess whether participants had ever engaged in a variety of sexual behaviors.
The 3-item Perceived Parental Approval 20 administered separately regarding mothers and fathers, as appropriate3-item Perceived Peer Approval, 20 and 4-item Perceived Sexual Permission from the Media 21 scales were used to assess perceived environmental approval of sexual activity. On all scales, higher scores indicate greater perceived approval for sexual activity.
Emotion regulation capabilities were measured by using 2 subscales of the in Emotion Regulation Scale, 22 Lack of Emotional Awareness 6 itemsand Limited Access to Emotion Regulation Strategies 8 itemsby using a 5-point scale. Higher scores indicate more difficulty with emotions.
Higher scores represent greater emotional self-efficacy. Adolescents and their parents provided self-reports of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and family income. Adolescents provided pubertal Sexting groups information via the Pubertal Development Scale. Four hundred eighteen youth completed baseline questionnaires by using audio computer-assisted self-interview on private laptop computers and were reimbursed for their time with gift cards.
All procedures were approved by the hospital institutional review board. Three groups were defined by their sexting behavior: Logistic regression models were used to make comparisons "Sexting groups" the 3 groups for sexual risk
Sexting groups, and general linear models were used to make comparisons for risk-related cognitions and affect regulation.
Models included planned comparisons that compared the no-sexting category with the combined sexting categories and then compared the text only category with the photo category. All analyses controlled for gender, ethnicity, and pubertal development and were performed by using PASW Statistics 18 software. Demographics for each sexting group are presented in Table 1.
Youth who engaged in sexting self-reported greater physical maturity Pubertal Development Scale: Differences among the sexting groups in sexual risk behaviors are depicted in Fig 1 and listed in Table 2. Youth who reported sexting Sexting groups more likely to engage in other sexual behaviors, with covariate-adjusted odds ratios Sexting groups ranging from 4.
There were also differences between the Text Only and Photo groups, with youth in the Photo group being more likely to report sexual behaviors adjusted ORs: Differences on risk cognitions emerged among the sexting groups Table 2.
There were no significant differences between the Text Only and Photo groups on these measures. These Sexting groups represent one of the first examinations of sexting in an at-risk sample of early adolescents. Because this study inquired about both suggestive texting and sending photos and because it examined sexting in the context of other sexual and presexual behaviors, risk-related cognitions, and emotional competency, the study provides important insights into the phenomenology of early adolescent sexting.
Results suggest several important conclusions. Consistent with this assertion were the findings for risk-related cognitions and emotional competence. Youth who sexted reported higher perceptions of approval for sexual behavior from parents, peers, and the media, higher intentions to engage in sexual behavior, lower emotional awareness, and lower emotional self-esteem.
The fact that those who sexted stand out regarding sexual risk in this at-risk sample selected due to emotional or behavioral symptoms is important. More work is needed to better define the link between behavioral and emotional symptoms and sexting during early adolescence. Teenagers who had sexted were between 4 and 7 times more likely to have engaged in these sexual behaviors.
For example, teenagers who had sexted were 5 times as likely to have had vaginal sex, putting them at greater risk for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Consistent with previous literature, 6 sexting was also associated with same-sex sexual behaviors making out, touching genitals.
In short, sexting appears to co-occur with sexual behaviors and Sexting groups represent an indicator of sexual risk. Although Sexting groups sexting appears to be a marker for sexual risk, sending photos is associated with even greater likelihood of early sexual activity. Students
Sexting groups sent photos were more likely than text-only peers to engage in all of the behaviors above, with the exception of same-sex genital Sexting groups. Some demographic factors were associated with sending photos; photos were more likely to Sexting groups been sent by female adolescents and Latinos.
This may be related to the demographics of those who are requesting sexual photos; for example, boys may request pictures of young women more often; however, this study did not assess characteristics of sexting partners. Most risk-related cognition and emotional competence measures demonstrated differences between adolescents who engaged in sexting compared with their nonsexting peers not between those who sent texts only versus photos.
Those who had sexted endorsed more intentions than their peers to have sex in the next
Sexting groups months, suggesting that targeted interventions with this group are warranted.
Other differences suggest that adolescents who sexted had less awareness of their emotional state and perceived Sexting groups self-efficacy for managing their emotions. These deficits may make it difficult for youth to react to others or may lead to impulsive actions driven by feelings such as sexting.
These characteristics may also lead adolescents to use sexting as a form of self-expression, instead of more emotionally challenging direct interactions. Findings also were consistent that those who sexted perceived more acceptance of sexual activity from their environment. These perceptions may normalize and reduce inhibitions related to sex, including sexting.
Alternatively, teenagers who sext may selectively attend to attitudes that condone these behaviors. Longitudinal research "Sexting groups" be needed to clarify these relationships, but these constructs may provide direction for interventions with at-risk youth and their families, who should be encouraged to monitor sexting like other sexual behaviors.
Limitations to these data exist. These cross-sectional Sexting groups do not allow for temporal conclusions. The sample was selected due to symptoms of emotional or behavioral difficulties and thus may not generalize to all middle school students; however, at-risk Sexting groups similar to this sample are Sexting groups in many communities, making these data relevant to practitioners in a variety of settings.
The sample had a minority of youth with a history of sexual activity, and this limits power to discern subgroups of sexual risk patterns among those who were active.
These data were collected by self-report and are subject to reporting biases of these methods, although use of Sexting groups computer-assisted self-interview to provide additional privacy may have reduced these biases. Finally, this study did not collect information about technology and phone ownership or usage; however, recent data suggest that access to such technology is widespread.
Pediatricians should encourage parents to monitor cell phone and computer use and limit unrestricted access, as well as use electronic communications as opportunities to discuss relationship health. As has been previously suggested, 6 messages regarding sexting and sexual risk behaviors can be incorporated into sexual health education for youth, including early adolescents who are often heavy consumers of mobile technology.
Educating young people about possible consequences of sexting, strategies for maintaining healthy relationships, and the relationship of sexting to other risk Sexting groups may reduce adolescent risk. Affect regulation and risk-related cognitions, both of which significantly differed among those who sexted in this study, may also represent important avenues for risk reduction interventions.
Dr Houck conceptualized and designed the
Sexting groups, coordinated and supervised data collection, interpreted analyses, and drafted the initial manuscript; Dr Barker conducted and interpreted analyses, assisted in drafting the manuscript, and reviewed and revised the manuscript; Dr Rizzo assisted in drafting the manuscript, interpreted analyses, and reviewed and revised the manuscript; Mr Hancock assisted in drafting the manuscript, assisted in data collection and management, and reviewed and revised the manuscript; Ms Norton assisted in data collection and management and reviewed and revised the manuscript; Dr "Sexting groups" conceptualized the study, designed the primary study measure, and reviewed the manuscript; and all authors approved the final manuscript.
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Accepted Nov 6. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. What This Study Adds: Methods Subjects The sample consisted of adolescents participating in Project TRAC Talking about Risk and Adolescent Choicesa sexual risk prevention trial for at-risk early adolescents that enrolled participants from 5 urban public middle schools in Rhode Island between and Emotional Competency Emotion regulation capabilities were measured by using 2 subscales of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, 22
Sexting groups of Emotional Awareness 6 itemsand Limited Access to Emotion Regulation Strategies 8 itemsby using a 5-point scale.
Demographics Adolescents and their parents provided self-reports of age, gender, race, ethnicity, and family income. SNAPCHAT SEXTING GROUP.
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