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Brown, Jane D.; Childers, Kim Walsh; & Waszak, Cynthia S. (1990). Television and Adolescent Sexuality. Journal of Adolescent Health Care, 11(1), 62-70.


Existing studies of the sexual content of television programming and advertising and the effects of this content on adolescent viewers are reviewed. Content studies show that the frequency of sexual references have increased in the past decade and are increasingly explicit. Studies of the effects of this content, while scarce, suggest that adolescents who rely heavily on television for information about sexuality will have high standards of female beauty and will believe that premarital and extramarital intercourse with multiple partners is acceptable. They are unlikely to learn about the need for contraceptives as a form of protection against pregnancy or disease. Suggestions for future research and trends in television programming policies are explored.


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Journal of Adolescent Health Care


Brown, Jane D.
Childers, Kim Walsh
Waszak, Cynthia S.