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

Lucy Betts (Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Rachel Harding (Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Sheine Peart (Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Catarina Sjolin Knight (Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
David Wright (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)
Kendall Newbold (Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Article publication date: 23 March 2018

Issue publication date: 31 January 2019

Abstract

Purpose

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/approach

A 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.

Findings

Cluster 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/value

The findings uniquely highlight that adolescents experience distinct types of street harassment, some of which are associated with negative emotions.

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Citation

Betts, L., Harding, R., Peart, S., Sjolin Knight, C., Wright, D. and Newbold, K. (2019), "Adolescents’ experiences of street harassment: creating a typology and assessing the emotional impact", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 38-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-12-2017-0336

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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