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Safety among online sexually victimized adolescents

Research project How online victimization affect children’s mental health is unclear, and the relationship to clinical psychological symptoms is scarcely investigated. We investigate online sexual victimization in a clinical sample.

Given the fact that smartphone access and internet use are nearly universal among Swedish teens, there is a need to understand the impact that online sexual victimization has on depression and suicide ideations. Few studies have investigated online sexual victimization in a clinical sample even though this sample is most victimized. Adolescents with mental health problems have fewer coping strategies and resources when meeting online perpetrators. Which young people that are most vulnerable is unclear and knowledge can prevent crime and suicide. We have a gender perspective in our studies.

Head of project

Inga Dennhag
Adjunct associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2019-03-20

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Clinical Sciences

Research subject

Clinical medicine, Public health and health care science

External funding

Region Västerbotten

Project description

Many reports about the occurrence of sexual harassment in different areas of society have been published in recent years. How online victimization affect children’s mental health is unclear, and the relationship to clinical psychological symptoms is scarcely investigated. Few studes has investigated online sexual victimization in a clinical sample even though this sample is most vulnerable and most victimized. Adolescents with mental health problems have fewer coping strategies and resources when meeting perpetrators at Internet. Which young people are most vulnerable is unclear and knowledge can prevent crime and suicide. We will investigate prevalence of online and offline sexual harassment in a normal and a clinical sample of adolescents. We will compare and predict the impact of sexual harassment on adolescents’ mental health using self-assessment scales. We will examine if age, gender, and/or high-quality peer relationships and self-compassion can reduce the negative impact of sexual harassment in a normal and a clinical sample.

External funding