Title: An Exploration of Adolescents’ Sexual Contact and Conduct Risks through the mobile phone
Authors: Vanden Abeele, Mariek
Roe, Keith
Eggermont, Steven #
Issue Date: 2010
Conference: E-youth location:Antwerp, Belgium date:27-28 May 2010
Abstract: This study explores the prevalence and predictors of three sexual contact and conduct risks through the mobile phone among adolescents (N = 540): (1) the exchange of sexually explicit content, (2) sharing one’s mobile phone number with a stranger, (3) and participating in anonymous chat rooms on tv. One in three adolescents admits having exchanged sexual content, one in five adolescents report having shared their number with a stranger and one in ten has participated in a tv chat rooms. Contextual predictors were gender, age, having a (romantic) partner, self-esteem, popularity, susceptibility to peer pressure, parent attachment and attitude towards school. Strong mobile phone use predictors were the frequency of text messaging, problematic phone use and using one’s phone to avoid face-to-face interactions. However, different patterns emerged for the different mobile phone practices and for girls and boys, indicating the complexity of the research domain and the need for further research.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: AMa
Appears in Collections:Leuven School for Mass Communication Research
# (joint) last author

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