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Verbal abuse, gender and well-being at school
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, Department of Social Sciences. Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5928-7988
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN 0334-0139, Vol. 17, no 4, 367-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose was to assess the prevalence of students' experience of verbal abuse and its effects on school satisfaction and well-being from agender perspective. Attention was paid to age differences. Methods: The study population consisted of all students in grades 6 and 8 in a Swedish city. A total of 1,006 students, ages 12-15, completed a self-administered questionnaire (response rate 84 percent). Results: Boys reported experiencing insults and threats to a greater extent, whereas girls more frequently experienced sexualized name-calling, specifically "whore". Bothgenders reported boys as perpetrators of verbal abuse most often. Further, girls generally reported lower levels of school satisfaction and well-being, while verbal abuse had a negative effect on the well-being of both genders. Conclusions: Verbal abuse between students is a predominantly masculine practice, more pronounced among older students. It impacts negatively on the school satisfaction and well-being of both girls and boys and does not have to be frequent, repeated, or combined with other kinds of harassment to have this effect.

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2005. Vol. 17, no 4, 367-378 p.
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Didactics Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-2088DOI: 10.1515/IJAMH.2005.17.4.367Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-30444448347OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-2088DiVA: diva2:114751
Available from: 2007-03-13 Created: 2007-03-13 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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