Joris Van Ouytsel

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About Joris Van Ouytsel

Dr. Joris Van Ouytsel (1989) focuses his research on the influence of digital media on relationship experiences and sexuality among adolescents. More specifically, he investigates the role of sexting, the exchange of self-made sexually explicit pictures, and cyber dating abuse, the use of digital media within romantic relationship to control or harass a romantic partner. Next to publications in scientific journals, he also communicates his research to a broad audience. Joris hold talks on a regular basis about his studies for parents, teachers and other practitioners. Moreover, he publishes his findings in popular scientific books and magazines.

Joris received his PhD degree in communication studies from the University of Antwerp in 2017. He also holds a master’s degree in ‘Dutch literature and linguistics’ (University of Antwerp, 2011) and completed his second master’s degree in ‘communication sciences’ at the University of Leuven in 2014. Since October 2015, his research has been funded by an FWO Fellowship (FWO-aspirant) and is supervised by prof.dr. Michel Walrave and prof.dr. Koen Ponnet. As a Fulbright grantee, Joris conducted research under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Temple at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX from October 2016 through January 2017.

In 2013 he was appointed as research assistant at the MIOS partner project at the Flemish Center for Media Literacy ( He assisted with the development of a lesson plan about advertising literacy and worked on 'Mediawijs Online’, a ‘practitioner's guide about online interpersonal communication, which was published as a GPRC-book (peer-reviewed) by LannooCampus. The book was distributed in 1200 Flemish High Schools as part of a prevention campaign by the Flemish department of education. Joris also participated in the research project ‘Media Didactica’, which developed a framework for the implementation of media literacy in education and society. This resulted in a work book and website published by Die Keure.

Joris also actively participates in international conferences and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for scientific journals and conferences such as the Journal of School Nursing, Cyberpsychology, Cyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking.



Featured publications

Publications on adolescent sexting

Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., Walrave, M., & d’Haenens, L. (2017). Adolescent sexting from a social learning perspective. Telematics and Informatics, 34(1), 287-298.

Gebbers, T., & Van Ouytsel, J. (2017). „Zeig mir, was du hast!“ – Was steckt hinter dem Teilen von „sexy Selfies“ und welche Risiken und Chancen birgt das sogenannte Sexting unter Jugendlichen? . In-Mind - The Inquisitive Mind - Deutschland, 7(4/2017), 1-3.

Van Ouytsel, J., Van Gool, E., Walrave, M., Ponnet, K., & Peeters, E. (2016). Sexting: Adolescents’ Perceptions of the Applications Used for, Motives for, and Consequences of Sexting. Journal of Youth Studies. Online ahead of print

Choi, H., Van Ouytsel, J., & Temple, J. R. (2016). Association between sexting and sexual coercion among female adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 53, 164-168.

Van Ouytsel, J., Walrave, M., Ponnet, K., & Heirman, W. (2015). The Association Between Adolescent Sexting, Psychosocial Difficulties, and Risk Behavior: Integrative Review. The Journal of School Nursing, 31(1), 54-69.

Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., & Walrave, M. (2014). The Associations Between Adolescents' Consumption of Pornography and Music Videos and Their Sexting Behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(12), 772-778.

Van Ouytsel, J., Van Gool, E., Ponnet, K., & Walrave, M. (2014). Brief report: The association between adolescents' characteristics and engagement in sexting. Journal of Adolescence, 37(8), 1387-1391.

Walrave, M., Ponnet, K., Van Ouytsel, J., Van Gool, E., Heirman, W., & Verbeek, A. (2015) Whether or not to engage in sexting: Explaining adolescent sexting behaviour by applying the prototype willingness model. Telematics and Informatics, 32(4), 796-808.

Van Ouytsel, J., Walrave, M., & Van Gool, E. (2014). Sexting: Between Thrill and Fear - How Schools Can Respond. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 87(5), 204-212.

Publications on adolescents' romantic relationships

Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., & Walrave, M. (2017). Cyber Dating Abuse: Investigating Digital Monitoring Behaviors Among Adolescents From a Social Learning Perspective. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Online ahead of print, 1-22.

Van Ouytsel, J., Walrave, M., Ponnet, K., & Temple, J. R. (2016). Digital Forms of Dating Violence: What School Nurses Need to Know. NASN School Nurse, 31(6), 348-353.

Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., Walrave, M., & Temple, J. R. (2016). Adolescent cyber dating abuse victimization and its associations with substance use, and sexual behaviors. Public Health, 135, 147-151.

Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., & Walrave, M. (2016). Cyber Dating Abuse Victimization Among Secondary School Students From a Lifestyle-Routine Activities Theory Perspective. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 1-10

Van Ouytsel, J., Van Gool, E., Walrave, M., Ponnet, K., & Peeters, E. (2016). Exploring the role of social networking sites within adolescent romantic relationships and dating experiences. Computers in Human Behavior, 55, Part A, 76-86

Publications on online privacy and self-disclosure

Van Gool, E., Van Ouytsel, J., Ponnet, K., & Walrave, M. (2015). To share or not to share? Adolescents’ self-disclosure about peer relationships on Facebook: An application of the Prototype Willingness Model. Computers in Human Behavior, 44, 230-239.

Van Ouytsel, J., Walrave, M., & Ponnet, K. (2014). How Schools Can Help Their Students to Strengthen Their Online Reputations. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 87(4), 180-185.

Publications on cyberbullying

Van Ouytsel, J., Walrave, M., & Vandebosch, H. (2015). Correlates of Cyberbullying and How School Nurses Can Respond. NASN School Nurse, 30(3), 162-170.

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