Sexting: uno studio esplorativo su adolescenti italiani

Roberta Migliorato, Caterina Fiorilli, Ilaria Buonomo, Silvia Allegro, M. Beatrice Ligorio


The current study addressed students’ risk perceptions regarding the
phenomena of sexting, by considering its association with time spent online,
self-esteem, depressive symptoms, at-risk behaviors, and school attainment.
Gender differences were analyzed. Participants were 137 Italian
teenagers (58% female; mean age = 12.63 years, SD = .48 years).
Self-esteem (Questionario di Autostima; Tressoldi & Vio, 1996), depressive
symptoms (SAFA-D; Cianchetti & Fancello, 2001), and study specific
measures of sexting and behavioral risks were measured. Results
showed a negative and significant association between students’ risk perception
of sexting phenomena and their at-risk behaviors. Time spent online
was the strongest variable negatively associated with protective factors
as well as being positively associated with risk factors. Girls showed
higherrisk perception of sexting than boys. Finally, risk perception was predicted by adolescent’s gender, self-esteem dimension (i.e., behaviour evaluation) and at-risk behavior (i.e., drugs use, at-risk sexual behavior). Educational implications are discussed.

Parole chiave

Adolescent; Sexting; Behavioral Problems

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