Sexting pp 53-61 | Cite as

Sexting from a Health Perspective: Sexting, Health, and Risky Sexual Behaviour

  • Jeff R. Temple
  • Yu Lu
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)


With the advent and ubiquity of smartphones being less than a decade old, it is not surprising that research on teen sexting is in its infancy. Although it has consistently been shown that sexting is related to actual sexual behaviour, research on the link between sexting and adverse health outcomes is less clear. The current chapter will review the evidence examining the link between teen sexting and (1) sexual behaviour, (2) risky sexual behaviour, and (3) psychosocial health. Practical strategies will be provided on how to address sexting with teens and teens’ parents, when concerns about sexting are justified, and potential methods to prevent coercive sexting. Arguments will be supported with original data from an ongoing longitudinal study of adolescent health.


Sexting Sexual behaviour Risky sexual behaviour Psychosocial health 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff R. Temple
    • 1
  • Yu Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Behavioral Health and ResearchUTMBGalvestonUSA

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