Publication in "Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health"

Group Media Psychology investigates alleged trend in adolescent sexuality

There are currently heated debates among the general public and scientific experts about a supposedly dangerous new trend in adolescent sexuality, namely the spread of rough sex practices such as hair pulling, slapping or choking during sex (e.g., Peggy Orenstein: "The Troubling Trend in Teenage Sex", The New York Times, April 12, 2024). Media effects (e.g., pornography and social media influences) are assumed to be the main causes.

A recent study by the Media Psychology and Media Design Group at Technische Universität Ilmenau, in collaboration with three colleagues from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), examined the prevalence of rough sex practices among adults in Germany - differentiated by gender, age groups and participation in the active or passive role. The results have now been published in "Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health" (Wiley, Journal Impact Factor 2022: 5.8) in open access format. The relatively high prevalence of rough sex activities among adults contradicts the assumption that this is primarily a trend among young people.



Döring, N., Mohseni, M. R., Pietras, L., Dekker, A., & Briken, P. (2024). Research in Brief: How Prevalent is Rough Sex? Results from a National Online Sample of Adults in Germany. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.