Navigation Links
Kids' Sexual Behavior Influenced by Movie Scenes: Study
Date:7/19/2012

THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Sex scenes in movies influence teens' sexual behavior, new research suggests.

In the study, U.S. researchers analyzed the sexual content of hundreds of top-grossing movies released between 1998 and 2004, and then asked more than 1,200 kids, aged 12 to 14, which of the movies they had seen.

Six years later, the participants were surveyed to find out how old they were when they became sexually active and whether they engaged in risky sexual behaviors, such as not using condoms consistently and having multiple partners.

Teens who were exposed to more sexual content in movies started having sex at younger ages, had more sex partners and were less likely to use condoms with casual sex partners, according to the study authors.

In an attempt to determine how sex scenes in movies can affect teens' sexual behavior, the researchers focused on a personality trait called sensation-seeking. This trait, which peaks between the ages of 10 and 15, refers to a tendency to seek new and intense forms of stimulation.

The study, which is scheduled for publication in the journal Psychological Science, found that greater exposure to sexual content in movies at a young age led to a higher peak of sensation-seeking in adolescents. Among kids who are exposed to sex scenes in movies, sensation-seeking sexual behavior can last well into the late teens and even into the early 20s, the investigators found.

"These movies appear to fundamentally influence their personality through changes in sensation-seeking, which has far-reaching implications for all of their risk-taking behaviors," Ross O'Hara, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science.

O'Hara conducted the study with other psychological researchers while at Dartmouth College.

Sensation-seeking alone does not entirely explain how sexual content in movies influences teens' sexual behavior, according to O'Hara and colleagues. They suggested that teens learn specific behaviors from sex scenes in movies. For example, many teens use movies to acquire "sexual scripts" that provide them with examples of how to behave when dealing with complicated emotional situations.

While the study authors pointed out that the research does not prove a direct causal effect of movies on sexual behavior, the study "strongly suggests that parents need to restrict their children from seeing sexual content in movies at young ages," O'Hara concluded in the news release.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers facts to help teens make the right decision about sex.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Association for Psychological Science, news release, July 17, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Exposure Therapy May Be Option for Kids Egg, Milk Allergies
2. Sugary Drinks Not Replacing Milk as Kids Age: Study
3. Playing Several Sports Keeps Kids Slimmer: Study
4. TV habits predict kids waist size and sporting ability
5. Annual Report on U.S. Kids Health a Mixed Bag
6. Obesity Alone May Not Hurt Kids Classroom Performance
7. Noninvasive imaging technique may help kids with heart transplants
8. Disabled Kids 4 Times More Likely to Suffer Violence: Study
9. Kids Track Injuries Surge in US
10. Many Hospitalized Kids Struggle With Pain
11. Racial Gap in Kids Dental Care Vanishing: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Kids' Sexual Behavior Influenced by Movie Scenes: Study
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... The ... as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She ... nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... California (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... Five ... money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Family Center. , Guests will be able to ... Newport Beach Plaza, Braised Lamb Shank with Fennel Dill Salad, Feta Cheese Sauce & ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... PIXACORE , an independent full-service agency with ... 100 agencies of the year by MM&M. , This is the first time PIXACORE ... milestone for the agency. PIXACORE’s newfound recognition reflects its steady trajectory of growth ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... International Design Excellence Awards (IDSA IDEA®) 2017 Ceremony and Gala on Aug. 19, ... Silver in one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competitions. See all ...
(Date:8/20/2017)... ... August 20, 2017 , ... Are you an adult with ... If so, you may be interested in participating in a research study that focuses ... is to understand more about the relational aspects of adults who have gluten sensitivities ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/27/2017)... 27, 2017  West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: ... the second-quarter 2017 and updated financial guidance for the ... 2017 Highlights Reported net sales of ... prior-year quarter. Net sales at constant currency (organic) grew ... was $0.51, compared to $0.60 in the prior-year quarter. ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... July 27, 2017  Radium Medical Aesthetics, a leading medical aesthetic ... delay aging by effectively addressing several skin conditions from the inside. ... become rougher and more fragile. The skin becomes more transparent due ... to the harmful UV rays from the sun contributes to aging ... ...
(Date:7/26/2017)... , July 26, 2017 The Galien ... Prix Galien USA Award Nominees. Counted ... Prix Galien Award recognizes outstanding biomedical and technology product achievement ... To qualify, each candidate must be U.S. Food ... five years and demonstrate tremendous potential to impact human health. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: