Experiences of sexual harassment are associated with the sexual behavior of 14-to 18-year-old adolescents

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Kaltiala-Heino , R , Savioja , H , Fröjd , S & Marttunen , M 2018 , ' Experiences of sexual harassment are associated with the sexual behavior of 14-to 18-year-old adolescents ' , Child Abuse and Neglect , vol. 77 , pp. 46-57 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.12.014

Title: Experiences of sexual harassment are associated with the sexual behavior of 14-to 18-year-old adolescents
Author: Kaltiala-Heino, Riittakerttu; Savioja, Hanna; Fröjd, Sari; Marttunen, Mauri
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Clinicum
Date: 2018-03
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Child Abuse and Neglect
ISSN: 0145-2134
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/301296
Abstract: Subjection to sexual harassment is associated with a number of negative outcomes, such as internalizing and externalizing symptoms and a disinclination to attend school. Among adolescents, sexual harassment may increase with both their emerging sexual desires and increased socializing in mixed-gender peer groups during early adolescence. We set out to study the possible associations between normative and risk-taking sexual behavior and subjection to sexual harassment among adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18 years. The informants included 90,953 boys and 91,746 girls, with a mean (SD) age of 16.3 (1.2) years, who responded to a classroom survey (School Health Promotion Study 2010-2011) in Finland. We found that even early steps in romantic and erotic experiences were associated with experiences of sexual harassment. The more advanced the adolescents' sexual experiences were, the more commonly they reported differing experiences of sexual harassment. These associations were particularly strong among the girls. Among the sexually active adolescents, the more partners the adolescents had for intercourse, the more commonly they reported experiences of sexual harassment. Adolescents actively interested in romantic and sexual relationships may socialize in contexts where sexual harassment is more likely to occur. They may be more sensitive to sexual cues than their non-interested peers, or sexual harassment may be a traumatic experience predisposing adolescents to risk-taking sexual behavior as a form of acting out. A double standard regarding the appropriate expression of sexuality received some support in our data.
Subject: Sexual harassment
Sexual behavior
Adolescence
SELF-REPORTED DEPRESSION
MENTAL-HEALTH
MIDDLE ADOLESCENCE
NATIONAL SAMPLE
RISK-FACTORS
DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE
DOUBLE-STANDARD
EARLY COITARCHE
VICTIMIZATION
GIRLS
3124 Neurology and psychiatry
515 Psychology
5145 Social work
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