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SEXUAL TEENS, SEXUAL MEDIA Investigating Media’s Influence on Adolescent Sexuality

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SEXUAL TEENS, SEXUAL MEDIA Investigating Media’s Influence on Adolescent Sexuality

Edited by

Jane D. Brown
University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Jeanne R. Steele
University of St. Thomas

Kim Walsh-Childers
University of Florida

2002

LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOCIATES, PUBLISHERS Mahwah, New Jersey London

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Cover design by Kathryn Houghtaling Lacey

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Sexual teens, sexual media : investigating media’s influence on adolescent sexuality / edited by Jane D. Brown, Jeanne R. Steele, Kim Walsh-Childers. p. cm. — (LEA’s communication series) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8058-3489-3 (cloth : alk. paper) — ISBN 0-8058-3490-7 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Mass media and teenagers. 2. Mass media and sex. 3. Sex in mass media. 4. Teenagers—Sexual behavior. I. Brown, Jane D. (Jane Delano), 1950– . II. Steele, Jeanne R. III. Walsh-Childers, Kim. IV. Series. HQ799.2.M35 S49 2001 302.23¢0835—dc21 00-067763 CIP

ISBN 1-4106-0417-9 Master e-book ISBN

Contents

Contributors Preface

1 Introduction and Overview
Jane D. Brown, Jeanne R. Steele, and Kim Walsh-Childers

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2 Shaking the Tree of Knowledge for Forbidden Fruit: Where
Adolescents Learn About Sexuality and Contraception Michael J. Sutton, Jane D. Brown, Karen M. Wilson, and Jonathan D. Klein I TELEVISION 25

3 Sexual Messages in Teens’ Favorite Prime-Time
Television Programs Kirstie M. Cope-Farrar and Dale Kunkel 59

4 Daytime Talk Shows: Up Close and In Your Face
Bradley S. Greenberg and Sandi W. Smith

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5 Would That Really Happen? Adolescents’ Perceptions of
Sexual Relationships According to Prime-Time Television L. Monique Ward, Benjamin Gorvine, and Adena Cytron-Walker 95 v

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6 Media’s Impact on Adolescents’ Body Dissatisfaction
Linda J. Hofschire and Bradley S. Greenberg

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II MAGAZINES

7 From “Just the Facts” to “Downright Salacious”: Teens’ and Women’s Magazine Coverage of Sex and Sexual Health Kim Walsh-Childers, Alyse Gotthoffer, and Carolyn Ringer Lepre 153

8 Stuff You Couldn’t Ask Your Parents: Teens Talking
About Using Magazines for Sex Information Debbie Treise and Alyse Gotthoffer 173

9 Girls in Print: Figuring Out What It Means to Be a Girl
Jennifer Wray and Jeanne R....
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