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Slut Shaming in Adolescence: A Violence against Girls and Its Impact on Their Health

Department of Psychology, Université de Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
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Academic Editors: Antonio Fuertes Martin, Andrés A. Fernández-Fuertes, Isabel Vicario Molina and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6657; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126657
Received: 29 April 2021 / Revised: 14 June 2021 / Accepted: 17 June 2021 / Published: 21 June 2021
Slut shaming is defined as the stigmatization of an individual based on his or her appearance, sexual availability, and actual or perceived sexual behavior. It can take place in physical or virtual spaces. The present study questions the impact of this form of sexism in virtual spaces on girls and interrogates the interaction between the values that girls integrate through their life experiences, especially in the family sphere, and slut shaming victimization. We conducted a paper-pencil questionnaire with 605 girls between the ages of 10 and 18 (average age: 15.18 years). Our data confirm the impact of slut shaming on the physical and psychological well-being of young girls as early as adolescence. Second, mediation analyses provide insights into the revictimization and Poly-victimization processes, from childhood adverse experiences to sexist victimization in virtual spaces and their combined impact on the physical and psychic health of girls. Finally, we address prevention strategies and the involvement of socializing institutions in the deconstruction of gender stereotypes. View Full-Text
Keywords: slut shaming; violence; adolescence; gender stereotypes; sexual victimization slut shaming; violence; adolescence; gender stereotypes; sexual victimization
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Goblet, M.; Glowacz, F. Slut Shaming in Adolescence: A Violence against Girls and Its Impact on Their Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126657

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Goblet M, Glowacz F. Slut Shaming in Adolescence: A Violence against Girls and Its Impact on Their Health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126657

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Goblet, Margot, and Fabienne Glowacz. 2021. "Slut Shaming in Adolescence: A Violence against Girls and Its Impact on Their Health" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126657

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