Characteristics of Adolescent Sexting: Results from the 2015 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior

Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Debby Herbenick, Tsung Chieh (Jane) Fu, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, J. Fortenberry

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Using data from 78 sexting-experienced adolescents from the 2015 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, we describe sexting frequency, sexting partners, sexual relationships with such partners, and characteristics associated with sexting. Most (59.2%) respondents sexted at most monthly, usually with romantic partners (62.0%). About 41% of sexting-experienced adolescents did not usually have sexual relationships with sexting partners, 36.6% usually sexted after starting a sexual relationship, and 16.8% reported that their sexting typically preceded sexual relationships. Younger adolescents sexted more frequently. Those without vaginal sex/anal sex experience, or prior romantic experience, were more likely to have sexted a non-romantic/sexual partner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
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Characteristics of Adolescent Sexting : Results from the 2015 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. / Beckmeyer, Jonathon J.; Herbenick, Debby; Fu, Tsung Chieh (Jane); Dodge, Brian; Reece, Michael; Fortenberry, J.

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Beckmeyer, Jonathon J. ; Herbenick, Debby ; Fu, Tsung Chieh (Jane) ; Dodge, Brian ; Reece, Michael ; Fortenberry, J. / Characteristics of Adolescent Sexting : Results from the 2015 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. In: Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. 2019.
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