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Title: Temptation Island, The Bachelor, Joe Millionaire: A Prospective Cohort Study on the Role of Romantically-themed Reality Television in Adolescents’ Sexual Development
Authors: Vandenbosch, Laura
Eggermont, Steven # ×
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: Broadcast Education Association
Series Title: Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media vol:55 issue:4 pages:563-580
Abstract: This 3-year panel study among 498 adolescents explored the motives for and effects of viewing romantically themed reality television (RTRT). Viewing RTRT was predicted by television dependency and viewing frequencies, but not by
connectedness to peers and viewing motives. Viewing RTRT, in turn, predicted communication with peers about sex among girls, and higher estimations of peers’ sexual activities among boys one year later. However, viewing RTRT did not predict stereotypical romantic attitudes. The need to explore the longitudinal relationships between television viewing and adolescents’ sexuality, with special attention toward the emergence of gender differences in these
relationships, is discussed.
ISSN: 0883-8151
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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