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December 2, 2019

A Decade of Sexting Research—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 2Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 3UMTB Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(2):204-205. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4565

In Reply Van Ouytsel aptly underscores areas within the sexting literature that must be addressed to move the field forward. As emphasized in our work1,2 as well as in the work of others,3 a unified conceptualization and approach to researching sexting is needed and, in this reply, we take the opportunity to provide methodologic recommendations for future research in a summative and distilled format. Through the process of reviewing hundreds of studies, meta-analyses provide the notable advantage of detecting collective shortcomings within a research area. Having completed 2 meta-analyses on youth sexting,1,2 the following methodologic recommendations are provided based on a comprehensive review of this literature.

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