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Motives and risk in online sexual self-presentation

  • Michel Walrave
  • Joris Van Ouytsel
  • Koen Ponnet
  • Jeff R. Temple

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology book series (PASCY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michel Walrave, Joris Van Ouytsel, Koen Ponnet, Jeff R. Temple
    Pages 1-17
  3. Lara Hallam, Michel Walrave, Charlotte J. S. De Backer
    Pages 19-38
  4. Joris Van Ouytsel, Michel Walrave, Koen Ponnet
    Pages 39-51
  5. Ini Vanwesenbeeck, Koen Ponnet, Michel Walrave, Joris Van Ouytsel
    Pages 63-80
  6. Kathleen Van Royen, Karolien Poels, Heidi Vandebosch, Michel Walrave
    Pages 81-98
  7. Thomas Crofts, Eva Lievens
    Pages 119-136
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-141

About this book


In the current debate around sexting, this book gives a nuanced account of motives, contexts and possible risks of intimate digital communication. The authors discuss how social media shapes new dating opportunities through apps and dating sites and how sexting fits within an individual’s relational and sexual development. They examine the relationships between sexting, health and sexual risk behaviors; and focusing on adolescents, further highlight which role parents can play in relational and sexual education.

Chapters cover topics such as abusive sexting behaviours in the context of dating violence and ‘slut shaming’, media discourses concerning sexting and the legal framework in several countries that shape the context of sexting. This edited collection will be of great interest to academics and students of communication studies, psychology, health sciences and sociology, as well as to policy makers and those interested in current debates on how social media is used for intimate communication.


social media theory digital media discourses sexual development online disinhibition communication privacy management theory online dating theory slut-shaming media coverage of sexting sexting epidemic non-consensual dissemination of sexual images adolescent online sexual self-presentation gender and social media

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Walrave
    • 1
  • Joris Van Ouytsel
    • 2
  • Koen Ponnet
    • 3
  • Jeff R. Temple
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Communication Studies, MIOSUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Communication Studies, MIOSUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Communication Sciences, IMEC-MICTGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Department of Ob/GynUTMB HealthGalveston, TXUSA

About the editors

Michel Walrave is a Professor at the Department of Communication Studies and Chairman of the Research Group MIOS, University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Joris Van Ouytsel is a researcher at the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Koen Ponnet is an Assistant Professor at the Ghent University. He also teaches at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Jeff R. Temple is a Professor and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the Department of Ob/Gyn at UTMB Health, USA.

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