Navigation Links
'Sexting' May Go Hand-in-Hand With Unprotected Sex Among Teens
Date:9/17/2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Teens who "sext" sexually explicit texts or images are probably taking other sexual risks as well, with new research indicating these adolescents are seven times more likely to be sexually active and significantly more apt to be having unprotected sex.

Analyzing self-reported behaviors of more than 1,800 Los Angeles students aged 12 to 18 (most were between 14 and 17), researchers found that 15 percent with cell phones acknowledged sexting and 54 percent knew someone who had sent a sext. Rarely was sexting the only sexually risky behavior involved.

"It's surprising in some ways that sexting isn't an alternative to risky sexual behaviors, it's part of the [same] landscape," said study author Eric Rice, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. "I don't want to be alarmist, but I do think that parents who suspect their kids are sexting should be aware of the probability their kids are involved in other sexual behavior as well. They probably should worry insofar as it's likely their teens are sexually active and not using birth control."

The study is published online Sept. 17 and in the October print issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Previous studies on sexting indicated similar rates of participation among teenagers, but the new research is purportedly the first to examine any association between sexting and sexual activity.

Participants were mostly Latino/Hispanic, 87 percent identified as straight and nearly three-quarters reported owning a cell phone and using it every day.

Youths whose friends sexted were 17 times more likely to sext themselves -- viewing it as a "normal" behavior -- and non-heterosexual students were more than twice as likely to report sexting than their heterosexual peers.

"The students we talk to said texting has been associated with an existing romantic relationship or interest, so I think it makes sense that these kinds of behaviors are happening, for the most part, within an existing relationship and not something out of the blue," said Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He was not involved in the study.

Patchin and Rice agreed the findings are an opportunity for parents to broach the subject with children and discuss the consequences. If they find out their own kids are sexting, they may want to measure the individual circumstances before deciding how to react, said Patchin, also an associate professor of criminal justice.

"It's one thing if it's your 17-year-old who's been in a committed relationship with a person for a long time . . . vs. a 13-year-old sending inappropriate pictures to a person they're interested and who they've never had a relationship with," he said.

"I certainly don't want to condone sexting among any teenager, but we need to understand the continuum of relationships and behaviors," Patchin added. "The main thing is that parents need to educate kids and talk about consequences -- [such as] that they can never be sure someone else won't see those images or texts."

Shari Kessel Schneider, a senior research associate at the Education Development Center in Newton, Mass., said the findings also highlight a need for physicians and educators to "be aware that youth who are sexting may need additional education and guidance related to adolescent sexuality and safe and responsible Internet use."

"While some have suggested that sexting may be a safe alternative to sexual behavior, it is not surprising that these online behaviors are entangled in teens' face-to-face interactions," said Schneider, who led a study on sexting and depression among Boston-area youth. "If a parent finds out their child is sexting, it's an important opportunity to engage their son or daughter in a discussion of what constitutes a healthy relationship and how youth can stay safe both emotionally and physically."

The study revealed an association between teen sexting and other sexual behaviors. It did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has information about sexting.

SOURCES: Eric Rice, Ph.D., assistant professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., associate professor, criminal justice, and co-director, Cyberbullying Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Shari Kessel Schneider, M.S.P.H., senior research associate, Education Development Center, Newton, Mass.; Sept. 17, 2012, Pediatrics


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

Related medicine news :

1. Sexting Common Among Teens: Survey
2. Study suggests gap in treatment of sexually transmitted diseases among teens
3. Simple tool may help evaluate risk for violence among patients with mental illness
4. Obesity more common among rural residents than urban counterparts, study finds
5. Three Penn State research pioneers among first Golden Goose honorees
6. Unemployment causes more mental health problems among Somalis in London than in Minneapolis
7. Suicide prevention, telemedicine among topics at Mayo Clinic Transform 2012
8. Poor Sleep Among Preschoolers May Be Tied to Special Ed Needs Later
9. Scientists Find Links Among Parkinsons, Cancer and Family History
10. Does gallows humor among physicians encourage accusations of murder and euthanasia?
11. Global study suggests need for strategies to combat unhealthy lifestyles among the poor and the rich
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
'Sexting' May Go Hand-in-Hand With Unprotected Sex Among Teens
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Stephanie Hebert Insurance ... beginning of a new charity campaign. As part of their ongoing community involvement ... In the belief that children deserve a voice, and in the spirit of ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Tingley ... into Canada to provide its range of unique and advantaged protective solutions ... City that will provide bilingual customer service and marketing support. A new distribution ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... announced today that nominations will be accepted February 8, 2016 through May ... , Awards include the Information Security Executive® of the Year, which recognizes ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... lower incidence rate of type 2 diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth cohort with substantially ... to make a change in public health,” states Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The schedule is now online ... AutismOne 2016 Conference, which is being held May 25-29 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare ... helpful interventions and causes of chronic illness in children. , Very recent articles have ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... 2016  The Parenteral Drug Association, Inc. (PDA), ... manufacturing sterile drug products, today announced the publication ... – With link to Comparison Spreadsheet. The ... U.S. FDA, the EU, the Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention/Scheme ... --> --> PDA,s Global Sterile ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... Feb.8, 2016 Cardiovascular Surgery Devices - ... GlobalData,s Medical Devices sector report, "Cardiovascular Surgery Devices ... overview of Cardiovascular Surgery Devices currently in pipeline ... The report provides comprehensive information on the ... at various stages of development. The report reviews ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... FAIRFIELD, N.J. , Feb. 8, 2016  Otsuka ... today announced that they have entered into a licensing ... OPA-15406 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico ... is a topical, non-steroidal phosphodiesterase IV (PDE-4) inhibitor, a ... --> --> In a Phase II ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: