Viewing Sexual Media and Sexual Behaviors, Are They Really Related?

Tahlil, Teuku; Young, Michael
March 2009
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p249
Academic Journal
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a relationship between viewing sexual messages/images in the media and participation in sexual behaviors. A self-report questionnaire was used to elicit information from 586 college students. Results indicated the majority of students had viewed sexual messages/images in media and had engaged in sexual activities. Participation in sexual behaviors was significantly (p<.001) related to frequency of viewing sexual content in media, with students who frequently viewed sexual content reporting more frequent participation in sexual activities. These results should be considered in developing programs to reduce participation in risky sexual behavior.


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