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

Jonathon J. Beckmeyer, Debby Herbenick, Tsung Chieh Fu, Brian Dodge, Michael Reece, J. Dennis 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)
Pages (from-to)767-780
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 17 2019


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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