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Adolesc Med. 1993 Oct;4(3):511-526.

Mass Media, Sex, and Sexuality.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB#3365, Howell Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365, USA.


The average age of first sexual intercourse, the high rate of teenage pregnancies, and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases indicate the extent to which sex and sexuality have created major threats to adolescent health. A crucial factor is the highly sexual content of the media. The authors examine factors that determine selection of and reaction to sexual content in the media, including gender and racial differences and family structure.


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