A possible contributor to the higher degree of girls reporting psychological symptoms compared with boys in grade nine?

  • Gådin K
  • Hammarström A
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BACKGROUND: It is a recurrent finding that adolescent girls report psychological symptoms in a higher degree compared with boys. The explanations for this difference vary, but the psychosocial school environment has never been a focus in these explanations. The aim of this study was to analyse whether psychosocial factors at school were associated with a high degree of psychological symptoms among boys and girls in grade nine, with a special focus on sexual harassment. METHODS: The study was based on a cross-sectional study including 336 pupils (175 girls and 161 boys) in grade nine (about 15 years old), who answered an extensive questionnaire. The non-response rate was negligible (

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  • Adolescents
  • Psychological symptoms
  • Psychosocial factors
  • School
  • Sexual harassment

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  • Katja Gillander Gådin

  • Anne Hammarström

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