How Much Is Too Much? Limit Setting and Sexual Acting Out in a Digital Era
Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
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Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 68, Issue 11, pages 1196–1204, November 2012
How to Cite
King, B. (2012), How Much Is Too Much? Limit Setting and Sexual Acting Out in a Digital Era. J. Clin. Psychol., 68: 1196–1204. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21919
- Issue published online: 12 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 19 SEP 2012
- sexual abuse;
- digital media
Digital media offer unique challenges to parents in terms of their efforts to shepherd their children through adolescence. Adolescents’ ready access to the Internet makes limit setting and appropriate supervision of teens much more challenging and offers teens qualitatively different dangers and opportunities for acting out than previously existed. The case of a sexually acting out adopted teen (with a history of sexual abuse) who used the Internet as a central vehicle for sexual exploration is discussed, with a particular focus on the ambiguity of appropriate limit setting in the digital era. Implications for case planning in similar situations are also discussed.