Motivational Determinants of Sexting: Towards a Model Integrating the Research


  • Kristina Sesar Department of Psychology, The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Mostar, Mostar
  • Arta Dodaj Department of Psychology, University of Zadar, Zadar
  • Nataša Šimić Department of Psychology, University of Zadar, Zadar


sexting, adolescence, motivation, theoretical model, electronic media


Sexting, defined as the exchange of sexually explicit contents among adolescents and young adults using electronic media, has become a popular topic of interest in the wider public. This paper proposed a theoretical model to explain motivational determinants of sexting behaviour. We reviewed sexting literature to show how multiple empirical confirmed motivational factors can be modelled within our framework. By analysing empirical research, we posited a set of individual characteristics and contextual characteristicsthat explain sexting behaviour. We offered a systematic review of motivational determinants relevant to capture sexting behaviour and guidelines for future research in this area. We intended by this theory to organize prior research into a more theoretically satisfying approach to study sexting and to encourage researchers to expand the model and use it in future studies.