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Understanding the Link between Pubertal Timing in Girls and the Development of Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Sexual Harassment
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
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (Center for developmental research)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2016 (English)In: Journal of Youth and Adolescence, ISSN 0047-2891, E-ISSN 1573-6601, Vol. 45, no 2, 316-327 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The link between sexual maturation, or pubertal timing, in girls and adolescent depressive symptoms is well-documented, but the underlying processes remain unclear. We examined whether sexual harassment, which has previously been linked to both pubertal timing and depressive symptoms, mediates this link, using a two-wave longitudinal study including 454 girls in 7th (Mage = 13.42, SD = .53) and 8th grade (Mage = 14.42, SD = .55). Pubertal timing was linked to depressive symptoms in both age groups, and predicted an increase in depressive symptoms among the 7th graders. Sexual harassment significantly mediated the link between pubertal timing and depressive symptoms among the 7th, but not the 8th grade girls. Together, our findings suggest that one way to prevent depressive symptoms among early-maturing girls could be to address sexual harassment in preventive intervention in early adolescence.

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Springer, 2016. Vol. 45, no 2, 316-327 p.
Keyword [en]
Puberty, Pubertal timing, Internalizing problems, Depressive symptoms, Sexual harassment, Female development
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44420DOI: 10.1007/s10964-015-0292-2ISI: 000368198300005PubMedID: 25971216Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84954392503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44420DiVA: diva2:807578
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Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority 02847/2013

Available from: 2015-04-23 Created: 2015-04-23 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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