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Sexualised Music Media and Children’s Gender Role and Self-identity Development

Sexualised music media and children’s gender role and self-identity development: a four-phase studyFull Article Title: Sexualised Music Media and Children’s Gender Role and Self-identity Development: A Four-phase Study

Open Access: No

Abstract

There has been much concern about the perceived increase in sexualised media and its potential impact on children’s well-being and development. This phenomenon was examined in a four-phase study focusing, specifically on music media. Phase 1 investigated the prevalence of sexualised music media broadcast on Australian free-to-air television in child-friendly time periods. Phase 2 examined children’s preferred music genres, artists and videos to assess their engagement with sexualised music media. Phase 3 examined children’s perceptions of gender roles and self-identities. Phase 4 explored children’s imitations of music media artists and performances. The study used a mixed-method approach incorporating content analysis, individual and group interviews, children’s activities and observations. Findings reveal that music media is a substantive influence shaping children’s everyday lives and proposes educating children about media influences from a young age.

    Citation

    Ey, L.-A. (2016). Sexualised music media and children’s gender role and self-identity development: a four-phase study. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 16(6), 634–648. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2016.1162148