Sexual jokes at school and students' life satisfaction: findings from the 2017/18 Swedish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study.

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Date: July 26, 2021
From: BMC Research Notes(Vol. 14, Issue 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 3,005 words
Lexile Measure: 1540L

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Objective In a previous study we demonstrated that the occurrence of sexual jokes in the class was associated with higher levels of psychological health complaints. Building on and extending these findings, the aim of the current study was to examine if exposure to sexual jokes at the student and at the class level was inversely associated with students' life satisfaction. Data were derived from the 2017/18 Swedish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, with students aged 11, 13 and 15 years (n = 3710 distributed across 209 classes). Exposure to sexual jokes at the student level was captured by one item. Exposure to sexual jokes at the class level was calculated by aggregating this measure. The Cantril ladder was used to operationalise life satisfaction. Two-level logistic regression analyses were performed. Results Students who were exposed to sexual jokes at school were less likely to report high life satisfaction (OR 0.38, 95% CI 0.27-0.53). An inverse association was found between the class proportion of students who were exposed to sexual jokes and students' likelihood of reporting high life satisfaction, whilst adjusting for exposure to sexual jokes at the student level (OR 0.98, 95% CI 0.97-0.9994). The findings highlight the importance of promoting a school climate without sexual harassment. Keywords: Sexual jokes, Sexual harassment, School, Adolescents, Positive mental health, Cantril ladder

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