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The role of relational support in the longitudinal links between adolescent sexual harassment victimization and psychological health
University of Gothenburg, Department of Psychology, Goteborg.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2998-7289
2021 (English)In: Development and psychopathology (Print), ISSN 0954-5794, E-ISSN 1469-2198, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 1368-1380Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The links between sexual harassment victimization and aspects of psychopathology are well-established in adolescent research, but whether sexual harassment victimization undermines positive aspects of psychological health and the moderating role of relational support in the link between sexual harassment victimization and psychological ill-health remains unknown. Using a cross-lagged model, we examined (a) the bidirectional and longitudinal links between sexual harassment victimization and adolescent psychological health (emotional problems and well-being) and (b) the moderating role of relational support from parents, teachers, and peers (best friends and classmates) in the link between sexual harassment victimization and adolescent psychological health. We used two waves of self-reported data (separated by 1 year) from 676 Swedish adolescents (50% female; mean age = 13.85 years at the point of first data collection). Controlling for the effects of gender and subjective socioeconomic status, the cross-lagged model revealed that sexual harassment predicted emotional problems positively and well-being negatively. Moreover, well-being predicted sexual harassment negatively. Relational support from classmates moderated the link in the direction from sexual harassment victimization to emotional problems. Relational support did not moderate the link to well-being. The findings provide new and important insights into the role of sexual harassment victimization in adolescent psychological adjustment and potential approaches to intervention.

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2021. Vol. 33, no 4, p. 1368-1380
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adolescence, emotional problems, relationship support, sexual harassment, well-being
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Applied Psychology
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-15693DOI: 10.1017/S0954579420000565ISI: 000756713200018Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85106777638OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-15693DiVA, id: diva2:1458385
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Available from: 2020-08-17 Created: 2020-08-17 Last updated: 2022-03-31Bibliographically approved

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