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Roger J. R. Levesque

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320442

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320442.001.0001

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Adolescent Sexuality and the Media

Adolescent Sexuality and the Media

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Adolescents, Media, and the Law

Roger J.R. Levesque

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the nature of the media's portrayals of sexuality and its particular influence on adolescents and their sexual development. Although researchers have not embraced this area of research, it seems increasingly clear that the media potentially play an important role in adolescents' sexual development, including a role in shaping sexual dispositions, attitudes, behaviors, and relationships. To understand the media's socializing force, the chapter pays attention to factors that moderate and mediate media effects, although research only recently has turned to these considerations. And, like previous chapters, it focuses on the potential role the media can play in fostering healthier development and relationships. Together, findings reveal the need to reconsider how best to prepare adolescents to respond more effectively to sexualized media as well as to adolescents' broader informational environments.

Keywords:   adolescents, sexuality, sexual behavior, sexual development

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