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Citation

Koletić G, Kohut T, Stulhofer A. PLoS One 2019; 14(6): e0218962.

Affiliation

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Public Library of Science)

DOI

10.1371/journal.pone.0218962

PMID

31242258

Abstract

The unprecedented accessibility and affordability of online sexually explicit material (SEM) has facilitated widespread use among adolescents and growing concerns over adverse reproductive health outcomes. Although SEM-induced risky sexual behavior is among key concerns, there is a paucity of longitudinal research addressing this issue. This study aimed to assess the longitudinal association between frequency of SEM use and risky sexual behavior among adolescents in two independent 5-wave panel samples of Croatian adolescents (n = 368; n = 247). The indicators of risky sexual behavior were: (1) not using a condom at most recent sexual intercourse, and (2) reporting two or more sexual partners. Multilevel logistic regression analysis with a lagged component was used to explore the associations of interest. Controlling for sociodemographic characteristics, pubertal timing and sensation seeking, frequency of SEM use was not associated with the two indicators of sexual risk taking. This study's findings are relevant for health and educational experts, but also for concerned parents.


Language: en

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