Sexting behaviors among young Hispanic women: incidence and association with other high-risk sexual behaviors

Psychiatr Q. 2011 Sep;82(3):239-43. doi: 10.1007/s11126-010-9165-8.


Several legal cases in the United States in which adolescents were charged with child pornography distribution after sharing nude photographs of themselves with romantic partners or others have highlighted the issue of sexting behaviors among youth. Although policy makers, mental health workers, educators and parents have all expressed concern regarding the potential harm of sexting behaviors, little to no research has examined this phenomenon empirically. The current study presents some preliminary data on the incidence of sexting behavior and associated high risk sexual behaviors in a sample of 207 predominantly Hispanic young women age 16-25. Approximately 20% of young women reported engaging in sexting behavior. Sexting behaviors were not associated with most other high-risk sexual behaviors, but were slightly more common in women who found sex to be highly pleasurable or who displayed histrionic personality traits.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Hispanic Americans / psychology*
  • Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder / psychology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Text Messaging / statistics & numerical data*
  • Unsafe Sex / psychology
  • Unsafe Sex / statistics & numerical data*