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Adolescents’ experiences of street harassment: creating a typology and assessing the emotional impact

Adolescents’ experiences of street harassment: creating a typology and assessing the emotional... Research examining young people’s experiences of harassment has tended to focus on the school and digital environment. Despite street harassment being identified as a common experience for adult women, very few studies have explored adolescents’ experiences of street harassment. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachA person-centred analytical approach, based on experienced reporting, was used to create a typology of street harassment. The reports of street harassment were received from 118 (68 female, 43 male, no gender reported in 7) 11-15-year olds over a 6-8 week period.FindingsCluster analysis revealed four distinct groups: “predominately verbal”, “non-verbal/non-direct”, “other incident”, and “all forms”. Young women and those in the “all forms” group reported experiencing greater negative emotions following the episode of street harassment. Young men were equally as likely as young women to report experiencing street harassment.Originality/valueThe findings uniquely highlight that adolescents experience distinct types of street harassment, some of which are associated with negative emotions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research Emerald Publishing

Adolescents’ experiences of street harassment: creating a typology and assessing the emotional impact

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1759-6599
DOI
10.1108/jacpr-12-2017-0336
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Abstract

Research examining young people’s experiences of harassment has tended to focus on the school and digital environment. Despite street harassment being identified as a common experience for adult women, very few studies have explored adolescents’ experiences of street harassment. The paper aims to discuss this issue.Design/methodology/approachA person-centred analytical approach, based on experienced reporting, was used to create a typology of street harassment. The reports of street harassment were received from 118 (68 female, 43 male, no gender reported in 7) 11-15-year olds over a 6-8 week period.FindingsCluster analysis revealed four distinct groups: “predominately verbal”, “non-verbal/non-direct”, “other incident”, and “all forms”. Young women and those in the “all forms” group reported experiencing greater negative emotions following the episode of street harassment. Young men were equally as likely as young women to report experiencing street harassment.Originality/valueThe findings uniquely highlight that adolescents experience distinct types of street harassment, some of which are associated with negative emotions.

Journal

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 31, 2019

Keywords: Adolescents; Eve teasing; Negative emotions; Person centred; Stranger harassment; Street harassment

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