Open Access Thesis
Date of Award
IDENTIFYING THE MOTIVATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF UNDERGRADUATES WHO SEXT
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Larson
Major: Criminal Justice
Degree: Master of Science
In recent years, sexting has become a controversial topic among legal scholars and behavioral scientists. Research has displayed varying accounts of the prevalence of sexting among young adults and has yet to answer the question of why. This study seeks to understand the characteristics and motivations of young adults who are involved in sexting. A survey of sexting behaviors was administered online at a large urban university. Identifying the factors and influences for a young adult’s choice to engage in sexting or not can add much insight to this small body of literature. This study found that predominant indicators of sexting are age, religiosity, relationship status, and peer involvement. Additionally, common motivations for sexting include flirtation/romance, sexual reasons, and self-confidence/self-esteem reasons. Results and implications for the study as well as the need for future research are further discussed.
Boehler, Mackenzie, "Exploring The Characteristics And Motivations Of Undergraduates Who Sext" (2017). Wayne State University Theses. 551.