Volume 2 - Issue 4

October 2013

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Sexting at Sixteen: Reflections on Legal and Professional Issues

Tony D. CRESPI Natasha K. SEGOOL
Pages: 1-11

Sexting, or the act of sending, receiving, or retaining sexually explicit text messages, pictures, or video using cellular phones, represents a significant problem with growing legal implications for adolescents. With 75% of 12–17 year-olds in the United States owning cell phones and with teenagers averaging over 3,000 texts per month, the risk for minors engaging in sexting activities is high. Unfortunately, many mental health professionals are not aware of either the extent of sexting among teenagers nor the risks of sexting from a legal perspective. This article provides a commentary and professional reflection on the issues.

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A New Scale to Investigate University Students’ Problems: The Development and Psychometric Properties of the Problem Field Scale for University Students

Pages: 12-25

The aim of the present study was to develop a new brief scale so as to determine university students’ problems. Additionally, it was aimed to explore the psychometric properties including factor structure, reliability and validity analysis of the Problem Field Scale (PFS). The data were collected from 218 university students. The age of the participants ranged between 17 and 25 years, with a mean age of 19.9. The results of the study suggested four-factor subscales for PFS. Factor structure of PFS was examined by means of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. In general, the PFS demonstrated adequate model fit, showed strong internal consistency and correlated with the PFS subscales. In total, the findings support that the PFS is a valid and reliable measure of determining university students’ problems. This measurement can be considered crucial in the identification of university students’ problems so that prevention and helping strategies can be developed to handle serious problems.

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Examining the Computer Self-Efficacy Perceptions of Gifted Students

Abdullah KAPLAN Mesut ÖZTÜRK Muhammet DORUK Alper YILMAZ
Pages: 26-36

This study was conducted in order to determine the computer self-efficacy perceptions of gifted students. The research group of this study is composed of gifted students (N=36) who were studying at the Science and Arts Center in Gümüshane province in the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. The “Computer Self- Efficacy Perception Scale for Elementary School Students”, which was developed by Isıksal and Askar (2003), was used as a data collection tool in the study. In view of this study, it was found that computer self-efficacy perceptions of the gifted students were high. Furthermore, it was found that computer self-efficacy perceptions of the gifted students differed in favor of male students. No significant difference was observed when computer self-efficacy perceptions of the gifted students were examined in terms of class level.

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