Young People’s Voices and Science for Overcoming Toxic Relationships Represented in Sex Education

Beatriz Villarejo-Carballido, Cristina M. Pulido, Harkaitz Zubiri-Esnaola, Esther Oliver*

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The scientific literature has presented evidence of how fiction series impact the socialisation of young people’s relationships. However, there is a gap in the evidence on how dialogic interactions overcome the negative impact of the fiction series on the socialisation of toxic relationships. This research analyses dialogic interactions based on scientific evidence related to toxic relationships that contribute to overcoming this type of relationship. First, we developed a communicative content analysis of eight episodes of one of the most-watched fiction series by young people, Sex Education. After that, we conducted four communicative interviews with the young audience to collect their voices about the impact of these toxic relationships represented in this fiction series in their daily conversations. The results indicate that in such cases, there is a need to promote dialogic interactions about this fiction series, focusing the dialogue on which type of masculinity develops a toxic relationship and which, on the contrary, promotes healthy relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3316
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2022


  • Dialogic interaction
  • Fiction series
  • Impact
  • Socialisation
  • Toxic relationship
  • Young

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