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Sexually Explicit Internet Material and Adolescents’ Sexual Uncertainty: The Role of Disposition-Content Congruency

Oosten, Johanna

Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2016, Vol.45(4), pp.1011-1022 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Sexually Explicit Internet Material and Adolescents’ Sexual Uncertainty: The Role of Disposition-Content Congruency
  • Author/Creator: Oosten, Johanna
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Internet ; Media effects ; Adolescents
  • Is Part Of: Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2016, Vol.45(4), pp.1011-1022
  • Description: Previous research has suggested that adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit internet material (SEIM) may result in sexual uncertainty because the content of SEIM may conflict with what adolescents have learned about sex. However, research on which type of adolescent is most susceptible to the relation between SEIM use and sexual uncertainty is lacking. This study therefore investigated whether the relationship between SEIM use and sexual uncertainty depends on within-gender differences in sexual dispositions (i.e., impersonal sex orientation and hypergendered orientation). Using data from a representative two-wave panel survey among 1765 Dutch adolescents (aged 13–17), I found that SEIM use predicted sexual uncertainty only among girls with a low hypergendered orientation and girls with a relatively high impersonal sex orientation.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0004-0002 ; E-ISSN: 1573-2800 ; DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0594-1