38. Sexting, Cybersex, and Internet Use: The Relationship Between Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Electronic Technologies

  1. Richard Rosner4,5
  1. Abigail M. Judge1 and
  2. Fabian M. Saleh2,3

Published Online: 4 DEC 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118340851.ch38

Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction

Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction

How to Cite

Judge, A. M. and Saleh, F. M. (2013) Sexting, Cybersex, and Internet Use: The Relationship Between Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Electronic Technologies, in Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction (ed R. Rosner), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118340851.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

  2. 5

    Forensic Psychiatry Clinic, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  3. 3

    Sexual Violence Prevention & Risk Management Program (SVP&RMP), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 DEC 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470972342

Online ISBN: 9781118340851

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Keywords:

  • adolescents;
  • sexual behavior;
  • technology

Summary

Internet and cell phone use is nearly universal among adolescents today. However, little is known about the effects of these technologies on adolescent development and vice versa. Accordingly, this chapter will review the published evidence on technology use among adolescents (e.g., Internet, cybersex, “sexting”), with a particular focus on the relationship between these technologies and sexual behavior. Problematic Internet use among adolescents will be considered, including a critical review of the construct of “Internet addiction.” The authors suggest caution in drawing conclusions about individual youth due to the dearth of available data on these topics, and the heterogeneity of the adolescent population in general. Additional clinical recommendations and suggestions for future research are discussed.