Key PointsQuestionWhat is the prevalence of sexting behavior among youth? FindingsAmong 39 studies (with 110 380 participants) in this meta-analysis, the mean prevalences for sending and receiving sexts were 14.8% and 27.4%, respectively, with prevalence rates increasing in recent years and as youth age. The prevalences of forwarding a sext without consent and having a sext forwarded without consent were 12.0% and 8.4%, respectively. MeaningSexting is becoming a more common practice among youth; therefore, age-specific information on sexting and its potential consequences should regularly be provided as a component of sex education.
JAMA Pediatrics – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 26, 2018
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