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Published: 2023-05-22

Using vignettes in qualitative research to assess young adults’ perspectives of sexting behaviours

University of Zadar
University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
University of Sevilla, Spain
University of Sevilla, Spain
School of Psychology, Deakin University, Australia
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, United States of America
college students attitude sexting vignette


The purpose of this study was to compare attitudes toward sexting using vignettes. Participants were 49 university students (ages 19-26) who participated in five online focus group discussions and responded to five written vignettes describing sexting. The five vignettes about sexting were composed of five types of sexting experiences: 1) sexting under intimate partner pressure, 2) revenge sexting, 3) consensual sexting with intimate partner, 4) sexting under peer pressure, and 5) sexting to flirt with others. Students gave their opinions on the vignettes presented. Revenge sexting was perceived as a behaviour more negative than any other type of sexting experience. The vignette that depicted sexting with an intimate partner in a long-distance relationship was perceived as the least negative of all types of sexting. The results of this study aim to inspire future studies to use vignettes as a methodological tool to determine youths' attitudes, beliefs, and opinions about sexting.


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How to Cite

Dodaj, A., Sesar, K., Pérez, M. O., Del Rey, R., Howard, D., & Gerding Speno, A. (2023). Using vignettes in qualitative research to assess young adults’ perspectives of sexting behaviours. Human Technology, 19(1), 103–120.