Sex Roles

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 38–52

Maternal Attachment and Television Viewing in Adolescents’ Sexual Socialization: Differential Associations Across Gender

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-011-0075-5

Cite this article as:
Vandenbosch, L. & Eggermont, S. Sex Roles (2012) 66: 38. doi:10.1007/s11199-011-0075-5


The present study explores whether gender and maternal attachment moderate the relationship between television viewing and adolescents’ sexual and gender stereotypical attitudes. A quantitative survey was conducted among 1,026 Belgian adolescents in a targeted sample of nine schools (Mean age = 16.3). Findings show that greater exposure to television among boys and lower maternal attachment among boys and girls is associated with more liberal and stereotypical sexual attitudes. While maternal attachment has a buffering effect on the relationship between television viewing and sexual attitudes among girls, maternal attachment has a risk-increasing effect among boys. Further research is needed to explore more fully the emergence of gender differences in the influence of maternal attachment and television viewing on adolescents’ sexual development.


Television viewing Maternal attachment Sexual stereotypes Adolescent Gender 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leuven School for Mass Communication Research, Faculty of Social SciencesKatholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium