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Title: Exploring the explanatory roles of perceived utility and instrumental attitudes in the relationship between sexually explicit Internet material and casual sex
Authors: Vandenbosch, Laura
Peter, Jochen
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Conference: International Communication Association location:Fukuoka date:9-13 June 2016
Abstract: Despite increasing interest in the implications of adolescent’s use of sexually explicit Internet material (= SEIM), we still know little about the relationship between SEIM use and adolescents’ casual sexual activities. Based on a three-wave panel survey among adolescents (N = 1,079), we found that watching SEIM predicted engagement in casual sex over time. Conversely, casual sexual activities partially predicted adolescents’ use of SEIM. A two-step mediation model explained the relationship between watching SEIM and casual sex: First, watching SEIM predicted stronger instrumental attitudes toward sex through increasing adolescents’ perceptions of SEIM as useful. Second, perceived utility of SEIM predicted casual sex through strengthening adolescents’ instrumental attitudes. Partial support emerged for a reciprocal relationship between watching SEIM and perceived utility.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Leuven School for Mass Communication Research

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