human sex.- reaction paper 1

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Valerie Udeozor Due: September 19, 2011 Psych. Aspects/ Human Sexuality Instructor: Coralyn McCauley, Ph.D. Reaction Paper 1 It is a rather common belief that media, particularly television, heavily influences the behavior of the modern American youth. This notion was scientifically examined in a study by Collins and her colleagues. In this study, baseline and one-year follow-up interviews were conducted with adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 to evaluate the correlation between their viewing of sexual content on TV and actual sexual activity (Collins et al., 2004). After a multivariate regression analysis of the collected data, it was concluded that viewing sexually explicit material on TV predicts an earlier onset of sexual activity among adolescents. However, this study’s conclusion is arguably skewed by several factors, particularly by the sampling and interpretations of results. Although the aforementioned results may be true in a correlational sense, the study inadequately considers the potential contribution of external variables. There is a lack of evidence to support the assumption that viewing sexually explicit material on TV leads to engaging in sexual activity at a younger age. Perhaps the two factors are simply associated with one another; it is even possible that the opposite is true— that earlier engagement in sexual activity leads to watching this type of content on TV during one’s
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