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Exposure to online sexual materials and cross-country differences

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Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Proceedings Eighth International Conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication, June 18-20, Aarhus, Denmark
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Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords Exposure; sexual material; cross-national comparison; adolescence
Description This study examined individual-level factors and country-level factors which predict exposure to online sexual materials (EOSM) among European children. The sample consisted of children aged 11-15 years (N=12,472) who were surveyed within the project EU Kids Online II. A cross-cultural comparison has shown that the country-level factors accounted for 11 % of the variation in EOSM within the European sample. However, neither broadband penetration, nor religious faith were significant as studied country-level factors, while all individual-level predictors such as advanced age, being male, increased amount of time spent online, emotional problems, sensation seeking, and excessive internet use predicted EOSM. On the other hand, gender had a different effect on EOSM at the cross-country level. The countries with higher rates of exposure indicated lower gender differences in EOSM.
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