Peer Sexual Harassment among Swedish Middle School Students: a Study on Perceived Discomfort and Psychological Well-being
Sammanfattning: This study aimed to investigate boys’ and girls’ experience of sexual harassment, especially in terms of perceived discomfort, and whether there is anassociation to their general psychological well-being (i.e., emotional problems and self-esteem). Online questionnaires were filled out by 968 Swedish fifth-grade students. Findings showed that girls reported significantly higher levels of discomfort related to sexual harassment than boys. Students who reported a high degree of discomfort reported higher levels of emotional problems and lower selfesteemcompared to those who reported low or no discomfort. Victims of crossgenderharassment were underrepresented in the no discomfort-group. Our results suggest that level of perceived discomfort in relation to peer sexual harassment could be a mediating factor between peer sexual harassment and psychological wellbeingamong children, highlighting the need to investigate this further.
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