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Sexually Explicit Media and Communication: Selected Research Findings and Practice Implications

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May 13, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sexually Explicit Media and Communication:

Selected Research Findings and Practice Implications

To Register, go to: and then on the Home Page – Click on the training and webinar tab on the right and register.  This webinar is listed first.

Date:           Friday, May 13, 2016

Time:          2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET; 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CT,

          12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MT,

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT


Jeff R. Temple, PhD is an Associate Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on social media use and teen dating violence. Dr. Temple has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. He has over 100 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMAJAMA PediatricsJournal of Youth and AdolescencePediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention, and is on the editorial boards of four other scientific journals. Dr. Temple was recently appointed by the Director of the Texas Department of Health and Human Services to Vice Chair a state Task Force on Domestic Violence. Locally, he is the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees.

Emily F. Rothman, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health with secondary appointments at the BU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.  She has worked as a practitioner in a domestic violence shelter, batterer intervention program, and as a volunteer on a rape crisis hotline.  She has authored more than 53 peer-reviewed publications, and several book chapters, and in 2012 was awarded the Linda Saltzman award from Futures Without Violence and the CDC Foundation. She has been the recipient of a K01 and R03 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration, a three-year grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to test a dating violence perpetration intervention, a three-year grant from the NIJ to evaluate a sex trafficking prevention program, and has been awarded multiple foundation grants for evaluation research.  She is presently on the Board of Directors of HEAL, a national organization of healthcare professionals against human trafficking.


Dr. Temple will discuss sexting (a combination of the words sex and texting), the practice of electronically sending sexually explicit images or messages from one person to another.  Sexting has received an abundance of attention in the popular press. Much of this attention has been limited to (1) legal cases in which teens who create, send, receive, store, and/or disseminate nude pictures of themselves or another teen face criminal charges including child pornography, and (2) cases in which teens are harassed and bullied as a result of the nude picture being distributed beyond the intended audience. Although media reports often cite various examples of sexting leading to bullying, cyberbullying, and even suicide, we understand very little about the public health importance of sexting. Using data from his ongoing longitudinal study of adolescent health, Dr. Temple will examine the prevalence of sexting behaviors as well as their relation to dating, sex, risky sex, and psychosocial health.

Dr. Rothman will present the results of two studies she conducted to investigate the potential linkage between sexually explicit material consumption (i.e., pornography) and adolescent dating abuse.  The first study involved collecting qualitative data from 23 youth ages 16-18 years old, and the second study involved quantitative data collection from a sample of 72 youth ages 15-17 years old.  Taken together, results suggest that some youth imitate sexual acts that the observe in pornography that may be physically painful to female partners, ask their dating and sexual partners to reenact some things that they see in pornography, and that most youth in these samples who were asked to reenact sexual acts seen in pornography by their partners were not happy to be asked.  Adolescent dating abuse was associated with more frequent consumption of sexually explicit media, and associated with substance use while watching pornography.


Articles: Participants may access material from the BWJP website at a link that is provided to all registrants.



4 p.m. ET, 5/12/2016.


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