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Mass Media Influences on Sexuality

Citation

Brown, Jane D. (2002). Mass Media Influences on Sexuality. The Journal of Sex Research, 39(1), 42-5.

Abstract

The mainstream mass media (television, magazines, movies, music, and the Internet) provide increasingly frequent portrayals of sexuality. We still know relatively little about how this content is used and how it affects sexual beliefs and behaviors. The few available studies suggest that the media do have an impact because the media keep sexual behavior on public and personal agendas, media portrayals reinforce a relatively consistent set of sexual and relationship norms, and the media rarely depict sexually responsible models. More longitudinal research, especially with early adolescents is needed to learn more about how media content is attended to, interpreted, and incorporated into developing sexual lives.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224490209552118

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

The Journal of Sex Research

Author(s)

Brown, Jane D.

Year Published

2002

Volume Number

39

Issue Number

1

Pages

42-5

Reference ID

2631