Self-Esteem, Locus of Control and Types of Courses as Predictors of Sexting among Undergraduates (Published)
This study examines self-esteem, locus of control and types of courses as predictors of sexting among undergraduates. It employed convenience sampling design with sexting as the independent variable and types of courses, self-esteem and locus of control as the dependent variables. Three hundred participants were used for the study. The participants were drawn from the undergraduates of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State. The study anchored on Rotter’s theory of social learning (1966). The following instruments were used for data collection, Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale, Julian Rotter scale and Sexting Motivations questionnaire. The results show that respondents with low self-esteem are likely to sext. It also shows that respondents with external locus of control will sext more than individuals with internal locus of control. Based on the above, recommendations are made on what to do to increase high self-esteem and encourage internal locus of control, hence adequate lectures should be given to enlighten individual on the importance of high self-esteem. Also, parents and the society at large should encourage opened discussion and conversation with adolescents and young adults about sex, sexting, the implications and the negative effects.