Journal of Children and Media vol:8 issue:2 pages:183-200
The current study examines how sexual television viewing and sensation seeking are related to girls’ and boys’ attitude toward uncommitted sexual exploration using data from a two-wave panel study with a six-month interval (N = 1,096). Hierarchical regression analyses showed a positive three-way interaction effect demonstrating that sensation seeking has a decreasing effect on the relationship between viewing sexual television and attitude toward uncommitted sexual exploration among boys, but an increasing effect among girls. More specifically, girls who showed higher levels of sensation seeking and boys who showed lower levels of sensation seeking appeared to be more susceptible for the negative influence of sexual television viewing on their attitude toward uncommitted sexual exploration. However, higher levels of sensation seeking among boys and lower levels of sensation seeking among girls decreased the risks of sexual television viewing. Discussion focuses on adolescent risk-groups defined by sexual television viewing, sensation seeking and gender.