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Maes, Chelly ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9400-2629; Schwertberger, Ulrike; Rieger, Diana ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2417-0480 and Vandenbosch, Laura ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6834-8386 (2023): Adolescents’ Remembering of Sexual Television Narratives and Their Relations with Positive Sexuality Components: A Biographic Resonance Perspective. In: Mass Communication and Society: pp. 1-26 [Forthcoming]

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Little to no knowledge exists about television’s role in the sexual socialization of adolescents from the perspective of remembrance and resonance of narratives dealing with sexuality. The current study aims to fill this gap in the literature by using three-wave data of 703 respondents (51.5% assigned female at birth, M age = 15.44; SD = 1.43). We explored reciprocal relations between adolescents’ remembrance of resonating positive and negative messages included in sexual narratives on television and their positive sexuality components (e.g. sexual self-acceptance). Structural equation modeling showed that a respectful approach to different sexual expressions was related to the remembering of negative sexual television messages five months later. No other significant relations were found. Further, no differences were found based on adolescents’ sexual experiences. The findings are discussed in the realm of the potential of using the biographic resonance theory (BRT) of eudaimonic entertainment media to further explore the socializing potential of sexual television narratives.

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