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A possible contributor to the higher degree of girls reporting psychological symptoms compared with boys in grade nine?
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
2005 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 15, no 4, 380-385 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background: It is a recurrent finding that adolescent girls report psychological symptoms in a higher degree compared with boys. The explanations for this difference vary, but the psychosocial school environment has never been a focus in these explanations. The aim of this study was to analyse whether psychosocial factors at school were associated with a high degree of psychological symptoms among boys and girls in grade nine, with a special focus on sexual harassment.

Methods: The study was based on a cross-sectional study including 336 pupils (175 girls and 161 boys) in grade nine (about 15 years old), who answered an extensive questionnaire. The non-response rate was negligible (< 1%). Logistic regression analysis was used to analyse whether school-related factors (teacher support, classmate support, sexual harassment), body image, and parental support were associated with a high degree of psychological symptoms.

Results: Sexual harassment at school was associated with a high degree of psychological symptoms among girls.

Conclusions: Sexual harassment must be acknowledged as a negative psychosocial school environmental factor of importance for the high degree of psychological ill-health symptoms among girls compared with boys.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. Vol. 15, no 4, 380-385 p.
Keyword [en]
adolescents, psychological symptoms, psychosocial factors, school, sexual harassment
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-120408DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/cki097ISI: 000231922000010PubMedID: 15975950OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-120408DiVA: diva2:935287
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

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