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Prevalence and correlates of sexual harassment in Australian adolescents


Lei, X and Bussey, K and Hay, P and Mond, JM and Trompeter, N and Lonergan, A and Mitchison, D, Prevalence and correlates of sexual harassment in Australian adolescents, Journal of School Violence, 19, (3) pp. 349-361. ISSN 1538-8220 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/15388220.2019.1699800


The aims of the current study were to provide the first Australian prevalence estimates of sexual harassment in adolescents, explore gender differences in form and frequency of harassment, and investigate demographic and weight status correlates. A total of 4098 adolescents (47.3% boys), aged 11 to 19 years from government and non-government secondary schools completed demographic questions, self-reported weight and height, and a modified Association of American University Women Sexual Harassment Survey. Overall, 42.5% of boys and 40.0% of girls reported some forms of sexual harassment in the previous school term. A significant gender difference was found in overall frequency of sexual harassment but not in prevalence. Six of the nine forms of sexual harassment were more likely and more frequently to have been experienced by boys compared to girls. In conclusion, sexual harassment is a pervasive problem in Australian high schools and needs to be acknowledged and dealt with specifically.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexual harassment, adolescents, prevalence, students, school
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Other health sciences
Research Field:Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:150762
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-06-28
Last Modified:2022-09-12

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