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Explaining why early-maturing girls are more exposed to sexual harassment in early adolescence
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for developmental research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7456-2397
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for developmental research)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4568-2722
2016 (English)In: Journal of Early Adolescence, ISSN 0272-4316, E-ISSN 1552-5449, Vol. 36, no 4, p. 490-509Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this study, we tested two competing explanations of the previously established link between early female puberty and sexual harassment in early adolescence. The sample included 680 seventh-grade Swedish girls (Mage = 13.40, SD = .53). Findings revealed that looking more sexually mature and being sexually active mediated the link between pubertal timing and sexual harassment. The magnitude of the indirect effect through sexually mature appearance was greater than that through engagement in sexual behaviors. Apparently, early-maturing girls are sexually harassed as a result of natural and normative sexual development, which happens earlier than for most of their peers. The findings have clear implications for prevention of sexual harassment in adolescence

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 36, no 4, p. 490-509
Keywords [en]
puberty/pubertal development, sexual behavior (including pregnancy), sexual development, victimization, sexual harassment
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39648DOI: 10.1177/0272431614568198ISI: 000373917200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84962439434OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39648DiVA, id: diva2:771472
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Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority 02847/2013

Available from: 2014-12-14 Created: 2014-12-14 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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