Motivation and Subjective Meaning of Participation in Sexting in Minor Girls



In Russia, the number of sexual crimes against minors committed using the Internet is increasing. One way to obtain pornographic products depicting children and teenagers is sexting. To prevent the involvement of minors in such activities, it is important to know their motivation and understanding of their own participation in sexting. In a qualitative study of a complete sample of 27 girls aged 12 to 18 who were victims of molestation, the main motivational and semantic characteristics related to their sexualized activities on the Internet were considered. Three groups have been identified that differ in the motivational orientation of interactions: those who are actively interested in sexual topics and willingly engage in risky interactions without the formation of interpersonal relationships; focused on communication and friendships; seeking to form and develop romantic relationships. The typical features of girls of each group and the nature of their actual emotional response are described. It is proposed to take into account these characteristics in preventive programs.

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Keywords: sexual crimes, Internet, sexting, minor victims, motivational and semantic sphere, prevention

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology of Childhood

Article type: scientific article


Received: 31.07.2023


For citation: Borisenko E.V., Dozortseva E.G. Motivation and Subjective Meaning of Participation in Sexting in Minor Girls [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2023. Vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 3–15. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2023130301. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Elena V. Borisenko, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Department of Scientific and Methodological Support, Federal Resource Center for Psychological Service in the Education System, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Psychology of Child and Adolescence, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Elena G. Dozortseva, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor, Department of Legal Psychology and Law, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Researcher, Laboratory for Child and Adolescent Psychology, V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation,Member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychology and Law” member of the editorial board of the scientific journal “Psychological Science and Education”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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