The first paper, “Teen sexting and health risk behaviors: A meta-analysis” presents results based on 23 studies, involving over 40,000 adolescent participants, in regards to the relationship between adolescent sexting and sexual risk-taking behaviours. The authors conclude that sexting behaviours are associated with a range of health risk behaviours.
The second paper, “Consensual and Non-Consensual Sexting: Prevalence and Characteristics among US University Students”, focuses specifically on differentiation of consensual and non-consensual sexting experiences in a college sample, and relevant risk factors and individual differences. This study found that participation in consensual versus non-consensual sexting varies by gender, athletic and Greek Life participation, as well as sexual media use.
The third paper, “The dark side of sexting: factors predicting the dissemination of sexts”, explores associations between non-consensual sext dissemination and individual behaviours, attitudes and norms towards sexting and personality variables. Increased likelihood of dissemination was associated with sexual activity, normalization and positive attitudes towards sext dissemination, whilst the only unique predictor of decreased likelihood was personal negative experiences from sending sexts, suggesting a focus for intervention studies.
In conclusion, the discussant will make some summary statements and moderate a discussion between presenters and attendees regarding risk and protective factors and possible explanatory mechanisms for non-consensual sexting and sext dissemination, and directions for future research and development of targeted intervention strategies to address identified harms.