Amsterdam School of Communication Research / ASCoR

Bodies exposed: the impact of sexually explicit internet material on adolescents’ body image

PhD student: Marleen Klaassen MSc


This three-year project investigates the impact of sexually explicit internet material (SEIM) on body image. First, a content analysis of sexually explicit internet videos explores the depiction of male and female bodies in SEIM. Next, body image effects of SEIM are tested in an experiment with adolescents aged 18 to 25. Additionally, a two-wave panel survey is conducted to determine long-term effects and allow for validation of experimental findings among 12- to 25-year-olds.

As research increasingly finds media’s impact on body image to differ based on personal factors, this survey also assesses moderating influences that may enhance or diminish the effects. Together, the three interrelated studies will provide a thorough understanding of the role of SEIM in adolescent body image development.


  • prof. dr. P.M. (Patti) Valkenburg

    Supervisor | T: 0205256074

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Published by  ASCoR

14 September 2017