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Peer sexual harassment in adolescence: Dimensions of the sexual harassment survey in boys and girls

Peer sexual harassment in adolescence: Dimensions of the sexual harassment survey in boys and girls

Vega-Gea, Esther, Ortega-Ruiz, Rosario and Sánchez, Virginia (2016) Peer sexual harassment in adolescence: Dimensions of the sexual harassment survey in boys and girls. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16 (1). pp. 47-57. ISSN 1697-2600 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijchp.2015.08.002)

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Abstract

The phenomenon of adolescent sexual harassment is a topic that has taken on special relevance in recent decades. However, general consensus regarding its nature, prevalence and dimensions has yet to emerge. This study used a representative sample of 3,489 Andalusian adolescents from the second stage of Compulsory Secondary Education (E.S.O.) and the Spanish Baccalaureate (Bachillerato), and it is primarily focused on two main objectives: to test the factor structure of the "sexual harassment" scale in boys and girls, and to analyzethe prevalence of hte sexual harassment among adolescent students. Descriptive analyses andconfirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were performed, allowing us to explore the nature of the phenomenon and to describe its prevalence. The results obtained revealed a two-dimensionalstructure of this scale in both boys and girls: one dimension reflecting visual-verbal forms of sexual harassment and the second dimension including physical forms. Regarding to prevalence,the outcomes shown a high prevalence of sexual harassment involvement across both sexes during adolescence. However, boys were more involved in victimization and aggression than girls. The importance of analyzing the phenomenon in greater depth is also highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015 Asociación Espanola de Psicología Conductual. Published by Elsevier España, S.L.U. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescence; Sexual harassment; Confirmatory factor analysis CFA; Ex post facto study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 11:42
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13941

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