Title

Sexism

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Publication Title

Encyclopedia of Adolescence

Publisher

Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Publisher Location

New York, NY

Volume

5

Abstract

Recent research has left little doubt that most adolescents in the US experience sexist acts from peers and adults (American Association of University Women [AAUW] 2011; Leaper and Brown 2014). As subsequently described, these experiences can affect their self-concepts, motivation, adjustment, and achievement. This review is organized into the following sections: First, sexism is defined. Second, factors related to increases in sexism during adolescence are summarized. Third, the prevalence and impact of two main forms of sexism – sexual harassment and gender bias – are discussed. Finally, factors associated with adolescents’ awareness of sexism and coping responses are considered.

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Language

English


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