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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


GARAIGORDOBIL, Maite  and  DURA, Ainhoa. Neosexism in adolescents aged 14 to 17: relationships with self-concept/self-esteem, personality, psychopathology, behavioural problems and social skills. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2006, vol.17, n.2, pp.127-149. ISSN 2174-0550.

This paper explores neosexism during adolescence and its relationships with psychopathological symptoms and personality traits. The purpose of this study is three-fold: 1) to assess possible gender differences in neosexism, 2) to study the concomitant relationships between neosexism and psychopathological symptoms, behavioural problems, personality traits, cooperativeness, social skills, self-esteem/self-concept, and feelings of happiness, and 3) to identify the predictive variables of high neosexism. The sample consists of 322 adolescents aged 14 to 17. The study uses a correlational methodology. Nine instruments were used for the assessment of variables. ANOVA results showed gender differences in neosexism, with significantly higher scores in males. Pearson coefficients suggested that adolescents of both genders with high neosexism have many psychopathological symptoms (including phobic anxiety, psychoticism and total positive symptoms), many behavioural problems (academic and social adjustment difficulties), low self-concept, low level of cooperativeness, low level of social skills, high overconfidence, jealous loneliness, low emotional stability, low sociability, and low responsibility. Multiple regression analyses allowed the identification of the following variables as predictive of neosexism: high overconfidence, low level of cooperativeness, and low social adjustment. The role played by intervention programs promoting socialization and gender equality in the prevention of sexism is also discussed.

Keywords : Neosexism; Psychopathology; Social skills; Self-concept; Adolescence; Gender.

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