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ERIC Number: EJ1095989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Explaining Why Early-Maturing Girls Are More Exposed to Sexual Harassment in Early Adolescence
Skoog, Therése; Bayram Özdemir, Sevgi
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n4 p490-509 May 2016
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 (M[subscript age] = 13.40, SD = 0.53). 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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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