Sexting common, linked to sex among high-risk youth

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than one in five middle-school aged children with behavioral or emotional problems has recently engaged in sexting, according to a new study. What’s more, researchers found those who reported sexting in the past six months were four to seven times more likely to also engage in other sexual behaviors, compared to adolescents who said they didn’t sext. “We know early adolescents are using mobile phones and all forms of technology more and more and we know that early adolescence is a time when people become engaged in sexual activity,” Christopher Houck said. “So how those two connect is an important area of study.” Houck is the study’s lead author and a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital’s Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center in Providence.
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