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MANOEL, Diego Franco; LORDELLO, Silvia Renata; SOUZA, Lara  and  PESSOA, Alex Sandro Gomes. Sexting and adolescence: new themes for developmental psychology. Rev. SPAGESP [online]. 2020, vol.21, n.1, pp.37-50. ISSN 1677-2970.

This article aim to analyze social and psychological issues related to the phenomenon of sexting, which refers to the practice of sharing intimate images on the internet and social networks. Through a non-systematized analysis of the literature, especially of international publications, it is intended to: i) define sexting, taking into account the consensual aspects present in the literature of the area; ii) explain its occurrence in the contemporary world, evaluating possible impacts on the mental health of people, especially adolescents; iii) reflect about the risk and protection factors that are involved to the manifestation of sexting; iv) present the legal implications in cases of inappropriate exposure of intimate images. It is understood that the discussions presented in this article may open spaces for a little explored field of investigation in the national literature.

Keywords : Sexting; Adolescence; Risk factors; Protection factors; Legal issues.

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