Young People 13-28

The Perceived impact on the Mental Health of Young Women from their Experiences of Sexting

Digital mental health • Young people

What’s the project?

Sexting and sharing nudes are becoming more common among young people. We don’t really know how different sexting behaviours might affect young women’s mental health. These behaviours include consensual sexting, pressured sexting, being sent unwanted nude pictures.

We are interested in finding out what type of support may be helpful for girls and young women whose mental health may be affected by sexting.

We want to learn about how young women feel about sexting, how it may affect their mental health, how their mental health may affect their sexting behaviours, and what support they may find helpful.

We hope that our research will make it easier for girls and young women to get help if sexting is affecting them. We also hope this research will help mental health staff to better understand how to help girls and young women who are affected by sexting.

Find out more

You will be invited to take part in an online focus group through Zoom, so we can hear about your views on sexting and mental health.

A focus group is a conversation with researchers and a small group of people. The online focus group will include other young women between 16-19 years old.  The focus group will last for an hour and a half.

The meetings will be audio-recorded so that we don’t miss anything that is discussed.

It is your choice to take part in this research. If you are in the early stages in your recovery from mental health difficulties or find this topic upsetting or distressing, we advise you not to take part in this research.

We understand the questions that we will ask may be sensitive and you may not feel comfortable about it once you join the group. It is okay to change your mind during the focus group and leave the research project without informing us of your reason.

However, we will not be able to delete the data you have provided as it might affect other participants’ data within the focus group.

Before the online focus group, we will ask for your background information, such as age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, past mental health difficulties, school/college if you are in school, through an online survey website called Qualtrics.

Having this information can help us put participants into suitable focus groups and better understand the findings of the study.

We will also invite you individually to join us for a Zoom meeting after you have expressed interest to our study via Qualtrics.

We will check your understanding of our study and fill out the consent form with you during the meeting.

We are looking for young people who fit the following criteria
1. You identify as a woman or girl
2. You are aged between 16 to 19
3. You live in the United Kingdom

Unfortunately, we are not able to include young people if:
1. You do not identify as a woman or girl
2. You are not between the age of 16 to 19
3. You do not live in the United Kingdom

We will offer everyone who takes part an Amazon voucher (£25 for 1 hour or £40 for 1.5 hours) to thank you for being involved in the project.

If you take part in the discussion but decide to leave half-way through the focus group (at least 30 minutes), you will still be offered the voucher.

If you are interested in our project, please fill in our updated Qualtrics form through this link by 31st July 2024:

If you have any questions about our study or want to chat about our study, please get in touch with Dr Gloria Cheung at [email protected]

31st July 2024

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