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Youth Sexting: A Relational and Developmental Look at Risk, Harm and Consent
Faye Mishna, Ph.D.
This presentation examines teenagers’ engagement in consensual and non-consensual sexting. Consensual sexting refers to the sending and receiving of sexually explicit photos/videos when mutual, continuous, clear and active consent of both partners is obtained. Non-consensual sexting refers to the sharing of sexts without the permission of the original sender, as well as the sending of sexts in response to coercion, i.e. intimidation, manipulation, blackmail or physical aggression. It is important to make this distinction because many studies have conflated the two behaviours and there is reason to believe that the presence or absence of consent has an important effect on adolescents’ experiences with sexting.
After reviewing the literature on teenagers’ experiences with consensual sexting and discussing the factors that motivate teenagers to engage in it, we will consider particular outcomes that these experiences can have on their development. We will do the same for non-consensual sexting, highlighting the societal and relational factors that influence its consequences. Using a case study, I will discuss the psychological impacts on these, mostly female, adolescents and the role that therapists can play in addressing the complex systemic-ecological factors in sexting.
Faye Mishna, Ph.D., is a Professor in the faculty of the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto, having served as Dean there from 2009-2019, and holds a cross appointment with the Department of Psychiatry. Her program of research focuses on bullying/cyber bullying and sexting among youth, informal cyber technology use in social work practice, and clinical practice. An integral component of her research entails collaboration with community agencies and organizations. She has authored and co-authored books on bullying. She has a small private practice in psychotherapy and consultation, and previously was the Clinical Director of a children’s mental health center
- Fortenberry, J. D. (2014). Sexual Learning, Sexual Experience, and Healthy Adolescent Sex. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2014(144), 71-86. https://doi.org/10.1002/cad.20061
- Johnson, M., Mishna, F., Okumu, M., & Daciuk, J. (2018). Non-Consensual Sharing of Sexts: Behaviours and Attitudes of Canadian Youth.
- Mishna, F., Schwan, K. J., Birze, A., Van Wert, M., Lacombe-Duncan, A., McInroy, L., & Attar-Schwartz, S. (2018 online). Gendered and Sexualized Bullying and Cyber Bullying: Spotlighting Girls and Making Boys Invisible. Youth & Society, 0044118X18757150. https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X18757150
Continuing Education Credits: This program offers 2 CE credits. For non-MCPP members there is a $25.00 fee.
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Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (MCPP) is an independent, contemporary training institute founded on feminist principles and open to diverse theoretical perspectives. We offer a positive professional community and welcome colleagues from within and without the psychoanalytic community to join us for our free monthly programs and classes. Monthly programs include continental breakfast.
This presentation is open to all interested persons, regardless of their level of experience or knowledge of psychoanalysis. There is no registration needed for our Sunday presentations.
Two social work CEUs and psychology CE credits are available. There is a $25 fee for non-members.*
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