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Online sexual behaviours among Swedish youth: associations to background factors, behaviours and abuse

Jonsson, Linda S.; Bladh, Marie; Priebe, Gisela LU and Svedin, Carl Göran LU (2015) In European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Abstract
Sexual activity online may result in positive

experiences for young people, or lead them to engage in

risky behaviours possibly resulting in sexual assault or

abuse. The aim of our study was to investigate associations between online sexual behaviours among Swedish

youth and background factors as well as aspects of wellbeing. The behaviours investigated were: having sex online

with a contact met online, having sex with an online contact offlne, posting sexual pictures online, and selling sex

online. We used data from a representative sample of 3,432

Swedish youth who were asked about their lifetime experiences as well as their experiences within the previous

year. We... (More)
Sexual activity online may result in positive

experiences for young people, or lead them to engage in

risky behaviours possibly resulting in sexual assault or

abuse. The aim of our study was to investigate associations between online sexual behaviours among Swedish

youth and background factors as well as aspects of wellbeing. The behaviours investigated were: having sex online

with a contact met online, having sex with an online contact offlne, posting sexual pictures online, and selling sex

online. We used data from a representative sample of 3,432

Swedish youth who were asked about their lifetime experiences as well as their experiences within the previous

year. We hypothesized that more advanced online sexual

behaviours were associated with more problematic background factors, worse psychosocial well-being and riskier

behaviours in general. Bivariate relationships were evaluated followed by a multiple logistic regression model. Our

data suggested that most Swedish youth do not perform

any of the assessed online sexual behaviours. Young people who reported online sexual behaviour showed a more

problematic background, rated their health as poorer, had

a more sexualized life and had experienced more sexual or physical abuse. Professionals who work with young people

need to help them better evaluate potential risks online and

offer support when needed. Youths who sell sex online are

especially at risk and need extra attention, as they might be

in greater need of protection and therapeutic support. (Less)
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sexual risk taking, online sexual behaviour, sexting, Selling sex, youth, adolescent, internet
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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
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Springer Medizin
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1435-165X
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10.1007/s00787-015-0673-9
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experiences for young people, or lead them to engage in<br/><br>
risky behaviours possibly resulting in sexual assault or<br/><br>
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youth and background factors as well as aspects of wellbeing. The behaviours investigated were: having sex online<br/><br>
with a contact met online, having sex with an online contact offlne, posting sexual pictures online, and selling sex<br/><br>
online. We used data from a representative sample of 3,432<br/><br>
Swedish youth who were asked about their lifetime experiences as well as their experiences within the previous<br/><br>
year. We hypothesized that more advanced online sexual<br/><br>
behaviours were associated with more problematic background factors, worse psychosocial well-being and riskier<br/><br>
behaviours in general. Bivariate relationships were evaluated followed by a multiple logistic regression model. Our<br/><br>
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any of the assessed online sexual behaviours. Young people who reported online sexual behaviour showed a more<br/><br>
problematic background, rated their health as poorer, had<br/><br>
a more sexualized life and had experienced more sexual or physical abuse. Professionals who work with young people<br/><br>
need to help them better evaluate potential risks online and<br/><br>
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especially at risk and need extra attention, as they might be<br/><br>
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  author       = {Jonsson, Linda S. and Bladh, Marie and Priebe, Gisela and Svedin, Carl Göran},
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  keyword      = {sexual risk taking,online sexual behaviour,sexting,Selling sex,youth,adolescent,internet},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Springer Medizin},
  series       = {European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry},
  title        = {Online sexual behaviours among Swedish youth: associations to background factors, behaviours and abuse},
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  year         = {2015},
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