Always a step ahead: the process of handling escalated sexting : An explanatory study of intervention and prevention actors and measures handling escalated sexting.

Colenbrander, A.A. (2016) Always a step ahead: the process of handling escalated sexting : An explanatory study of intervention and prevention actors and measures handling escalated sexting.

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Abstract:Sexting has received increasing media and scientific attention. An aggravated form of sexting, escalated sexting, however, has not been subject of many studies. Furthermore, these few studies focused solely on reasons for and consequences of escalated sexting. This study, therefore, focused on exploring the process of handling escalated sexting that consists of both prevention measures and ad hoc reactions and the actors involved in the process. Interviews based on the critical incident technique were held with 23 participants, who were involved in the process of handling escalated sexting based on their profession or role as victim or relative. This study showed that the process of handling escalated sexting can be divided into two different stages: reacting ad hoc and prevention. Reacting ad hoc at escalated sexting situations occurs in seven phases. All of these phases consist of various ad hoc reactions, which can be combined for one intervention method to handle a specific situation. When preventing, actions are targeted at three groups: students, parents and school staff. This explorative study has made the first steps into discovering aspects of handling escalated sexting and therefore has multiple scientific and practical implications.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69672
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