Middle school sexual harassment, violence and social networks

Elizabeth A. Mumford, Janet Okamoto, Bruce G. Taylor, Nan Stein

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Abstract

Objectives: To pilot a study of social networks informing contextual analyses of sexual harassment and peer violence (SH/PV). Methods: Seventh and 8th grade students (N = 113) in an urban middle school were surveyed via a Web-based instrument. Results: Boys and girls reported SH/PV victimization and perpetration at comparable rates. The proportion of nominated friends who reported SH/PV outcomes was greater in boys' than in girls' social networks. Structural descriptors of social networks were not significant predictors of SH/PV outcomes. Conclusions: Collection of sensitive relationship data via a school-based Web survey is feasible. Full-scale studies and greater flexibility regarding the number of friendship nominations are recommended for subsequent investigations of potential sex differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)769-779
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

Keywords

  • Peer violence
  • Perpetration
  • Sexual harassment
  • Social networks
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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