Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media

Autumn Shafer, Piotr Bobkowski and Jane D. Brown

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Sexual Media Practice: How Adolescents Select, Engage with, and Are Affected by Sexual Media

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This chapter focuses on the role media play in the sexual socialization of adolescents and emerging adults in modern societies. The review of relevant research and theory is organized around the Sexual Media Practice Model’s core components of identity, selection, engagement, and application, which are based on the following assumptions: (1) media consumers are active participants and sometimes content producers; (2) selection and use of sexual media are motivated by the adolescent’s identity or sexual self-concept; (3) sexual media effects are a cyclical process, such that sexual content may be sought that reinforces existing tendencies that leads to further use of relevant content and further effects; and (4) friends and peers are important throughout the process in generating, sharing, and interpreting media. The discussion includes suggestions for further research and an examination of potential media-related solutions to enhance healthy adolescent sexuality.

Keywords: adolescent sexuality; adolescents; emerging adults; media practice model; sexual media effects; sexual socialization

Article.  22186 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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