Sexting behaviours in adolescents: Personality predictors and psychosocial outcomes in a one-year follow-up

  • Cristina Alonso Departamento de Psicología Clínica y Psicobiología, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Institut d'Assitència Sanitària, Girona.
  • Estrella Romero Departamento de Psicología Clínica y Psicobiología, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.
Keywords: sexting, adolescents, predictors, Five-Factor Model, personality, outcomes, longitudinal study

Abstract

The relationships between personality and sexting have been scarcely studied. In addition, the scarcity of longitudinal studies about predictors and consequences of sexting is notorious. This study analyzed the longitudinal data from 624 adolescents who were evaluated on two occasions (T1 and T2) separated by a period of one year, and to whom questionnaires were administered to measure sexting, the personality traits of the five factor model (FFM), as well as possible psychosocial consequences of sexting. The results indicate that high extraversion and low agreeableness and conscientiousness (T1) are related to sexting (T2). In addition, the study also allows us to identify which specific facets of personality (T1) are associated with sexting registered in T2. On the other hand, regression analyses indicate that extraversion predicts increases in sexting between T1 and T2. As for the outcomes of sexting, a high involvement in sexting T1 predicts decreases in victimization and in the positive emotions experienced between T1 and T2. Therefore, this study shows that personality allows for prediction of changes in sexting throughout adolescence; sexting, in turn, seems to be associated with relevant psychosocial consequences in this developmental period.

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Published
15-04-2019
How to Cite
Alonso, C., & Romero, E. (2019). Sexting behaviours in adolescents: Personality predictors and psychosocial outcomes in a one-year follow-up. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 35(2), 214-224. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.35.2.339831
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Clinical and Health Psychology