International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008


Sexual harassment among peers and adolescent dating violence

Volume 8 Num. 1 - March 2008 - Pages 63-72


Rosario Ortega, Francisco Javier Ortega Rivera y Virginia S?nchez


This paper presents a study about peer and dating sexual harassment among adolescents. Specifically, differences
by sex, age and the developmental stage of the romantic relationships were analyzed in
both, peer and dating sexual harassment in a sample of 490 adolescents (55,7% boys and
44,3% girls, mean age 16.08). Descriptive data showed that the presence of peer and
dating sexual harassment was similar. Boys were more perpetrators in both, peer and
dating contexts but no differences by sex were found for victimization indexes. An important
effect of the developmental-stage of the relationships was found: peer sexual harassment
were more frequent in ?casual? and ?mixed gender? stage whereas dating sexual harassment
was more frequent in ?serious relationship?. For age, just differences in dating sexual
harassment were found: older adolescents were more involved than younger ones.

Key words:

romantic relationships, adolescents, sexual harassment, dating violence, domainsubmission

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