What are you sexting? Parental practices, sexting attitudes and behaviors among Italian adolescents

Emanuela Confalonieri, Gaia Cucci', Maria Giulia Olivari, Miriam Parise, E. Borroni, Daniela Villani

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Background: Sexting has recently emerged as a public health and social issue. The present study had two aims: a) to preliminarily test adolescent gender differences on parental practices regarding adolescent online life, parental monitoring, adolescent attitude towards sexting and sexting behaviors; b) to separately test for male and female adolescents a conceptual model in which sexting behaviors are explained by the parental practices and monitoring, with the mediation of adolescent negative attitude towards sexting. Methods: Direct and indirect links between the variables in the model were investigated. The study was carried out with 541 participants. Participants were Italian adolescents (60% males; 40% females) aged 14 to 19 years (Mage = 16,19 years, SDage = 1,31). Results: Results suggested that females sent more multimedia sexts, had a higher perception of risk associated with sexting and reported higher scores for both parental practices regarding adolescent online life and parental monitoring. Rules on Contents, Parental Knowledge, Adolescent Disclosure, and Parental Control resulted to be linked to both sexting attitudes and behaviors for male and female adolescents. Conclusions: Findings emphasize the important role that parents play in shaping attitudes and behaviors of both daughters and sons during adolescence.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)63-73
Numero di pagine11
RivistaBMC psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Adolescent
  • Attitude
  • Attitude toward sexting
  • Parental monitoring
  • Parental practices
  • Sexting


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