Huston, Ellen Wartella, and Edward Donnerstein Executive Summary The Kaiser Family Foundation has an ongoing interest in sexual health among young people and the potential contributions of mass media to sexual behavior. This report was prepared at the request of the Foundation to examine the methodological options for investigating the effects of sexual content in the media on children and adolescents.
Television programmes can influence the perceptions and behaviours of adolescents either negatively or positively.
But if unregulated they can cause harm. How is television viewing likely to influence the sexual behaviour of the youth and adolescents? In our study done in Kenya, we set out to look at whether adolescents get information about sex from television programmes.
About a quarter On perceptions about the televised content, None of the respondents said that sex was portrayed as dangerous even when presented with consequences like exposure to sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy.
The adolescents interviewed also said that they were more likely to initiate sex after watching it from implied sexual scenes on TV. Does it make a difference if teens and adolescents watch television with their parents?
Entertainment shows on television can have two positive effects on teens. They can convey accurate messages about sexual risks and they can act as a catalyst for conversations with adults that can reinforce those messages. Co-viewing television is a good idea. Television can influence sexual behaviour because parents are known to provide very little information about sex.
Parents watching television with their children without discussing the content can communicate that parents have a positive attitude towards the content being watched. This in turn leads children to pay closer attention and to learn from programmes that they watch with their parents.
The research showed that television with sexual content can be a catalyst for conversations about sex between parents and teens. And it can reduce the negative effects of sexual content because it leads to an open discussion. What do young people think about watching television with parents and guardians?
This study found out that almost half of the youth interviewed — And some teens had curfews placed on them, particularly for late night television viewing. This study found out that adolescents who never watched television with their parents were most likely to engage in early sexual intercourse.
For example, parental attitudes towards premarital sex strongly influences whether an adolescent will engage in sex earlier or whether they will delay. Adolescents who reported more positive communication with their parents were more likely to delay the initiation of vaginal intercourse than those who reported more negative communication with their parents.This survey of adolescents found that those who chose heavier diets of sexy television shows were more likely than those who viewed a smaller proportion of sexual content on television to have had sexual intercourse.
This relationship held regardless of perceived peer encouragement to engage in sex and across race and gender groups. In an early analysis, it was found that a sexual comment was made every four minutes in a sample of minutes of conversation from AOL teen chat rooms, observed during after-school and weekend hours.
91 This is roughly three times the frequency with which sexual content was likely to appear on television in (among shows that. The media and American adolescent sexuality relates to the effect the media has on These researchers believe that reducing the amount of sexual content adolescents watch on television could This in turn explains that these individuals are more likely to believe in the various unusual sexual behaviors as common causing negative effects.
Adolescent sexuality and the media. a review of current knowledge and implications. There is growing concern about young people's exposure to sexual content through television and other electronic media and about its potential effects on their sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
Adolescents may be exposed to sexual content in . The Effects of Sexual Content in Television and Film on Young Adults Cate Davis Emily Hahn Miah Kinlow Huntington University Abstract. This study examined the effects of sexual content within television and film on young adults.
Before attempting to assess differential effects of various forms of sexual media content on adolescent behaviour, further research is needed to reconcile adolescent and researcher perceptions of sexual information.
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