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Dream It, Do It? Associations between Pornography Use, Risky Sexual Behaviour, Sexual Preoccupation and Sexting Behaviours among Young Australian Adults

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School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Geelong 3220, Australia
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Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University, Geelong 3220, Australia
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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
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Department of History and Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada
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Sexes 2021, 2(4), 433-444; https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes2040034
Received: 10 August 2021 / Revised: 7 October 2021 / Accepted: 8 October 2021 / Published: 16 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Sexual Behavior and Attitudes)
While sexting behaviours have attracted increasing research focus over the last decade as both normative and deviant forms of sexual activity, little attention has been paid to their potential associations with sexual preoccupation and heightened interest in sex. The current study sought to identify whether sexual preoccupation significantly predicts sending, receiving, and disseminating sexts, after controlling for pornography use and risky sexual behaviours. Young Australian adult participants (N = 654, 78.8% women) aged 18 to 34 (M = 19.78, SD = 1.66) completed an anonymous online self-report questionnaire regarding their engagement in sexting behaviours (sending, receiving, and dissemination), pornography use, risky sexual behaviours, and sexual preoccupation. Results showed that individuals with higher sexual preoccupation were more likely to engage in pornography use and risky sexual behaviours. Binary hierarchical logistic regressions revealed that sexual preoccupation predicted higher rates of sending and receiving sexts. However, sexual preoccupation did not significantly contribute to increased rates of sext dissemination. Our study illustrates the need to incorporate pornography viewing and sexting into the promotion of safe sexual behaviours in online and offline contexts, and the potential to utilise modern technology to negotiate safer sex practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexting; sexual preoccupation; pornography; sexual behaviour; emerging adulthood sexting; sexual preoccupation; pornography; sexual behaviour; emerging adulthood
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Clancy, E.M.; Howard, D.; Chong, S.; Klettke, B. Dream It, Do It? Associations between Pornography Use, Risky Sexual Behaviour, Sexual Preoccupation and Sexting Behaviours among Young Australian Adults. Sexes 2021, 2, 433-444. https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes2040034

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Clancy EM, Howard D, Chong S, Klettke B. Dream It, Do It? Associations between Pornography Use, Risky Sexual Behaviour, Sexual Preoccupation and Sexting Behaviours among Young Australian Adults. Sexes. 2021; 2(4):433-444. https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes2040034

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Clancy, Elizabeth M., Dominika Howard, Shaoyuan Chong, and Bianca Klettke. 2021. "Dream It, Do It? Associations between Pornography Use, Risky Sexual Behaviour, Sexual Preoccupation and Sexting Behaviours among Young Australian Adults" Sexes 2, no. 4: 433-444. https://doi.org/10.3390/sexes2040034

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