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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

versão impressa ISSN 0120-0534


RODRIGUEZ-CASTRO, Yolanda; ALONSO-RUIDO, Patricia; LAMEIRAS-FERNANDEZ, María  e  FAILDE-GARRIDO, José María. From sexting to cybercontrol among dating teens in Spain: an analysis of their arguments. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2018, vol.50, n.3, pp.170-178. ISSN 0120-0534.

The goal of this study is to examine in greater depth the phenomenon of sexting and its dynamics of cyberviolence in teens' relationships. For this purpose, sexting behaviors, the strategies employed, and the justifications and consequences of sexting as a function of gender and place of origin will be analyzed. Using a qualitative methodology, 20 focus groups were performed, involving 222 teenagers, 54% girls and 46% boys, ranging in age from 14 to 18 years, from schools of Secondary Education (Spain). The results show that sexting is a common practice in adolescents of both genders and also in the context of a relationship. Boys and girls from the urban environment and boys from the rural and semi-rural area send more sexting contents. Boys' main reasons for sexting are to achieve a sexual relationship, whereas the girls' justifications are to have or maintain an emotional relationship. In addition, girls suffer the worst consequences of sexting. Both boys and girls cibercontrol their affectiva partners, though girls expressed it more. Jealousy and distrust of the partner are the main reasons for exercising this cybercontrol.

Palavras-chave : Sexting; Cybercontrol; adolescents.

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