Sexual Harassment of Young Athletes by Their Coaches and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Later Life

Zrinka Greblo Jurakić, Višnja Ljubičić, Lidija Bojić-Ćaćić


The aim of the study was to determine the frequency of sexual
harassment perpetrated by coaches in youth sports activities
and to examine the association of those experiences with
depression, anxiety, and stress in later life. Study participants
were young men and women (n = 501; Mage = 20,86, SD =
1,81) who participated in sports before they turned 18 years
old. The results showed that 25 % of participants experienced
some form of sexual harassment by coaches while they were
minors. Participants who had this kind of experience obtained
higher results on depression, anxiety, and stress scales. The
results indicate the need to undertake measures aimed at
preventing and stopping sexual harassment in youth sport.


sexual harassment; sport; depression; anxiety; stress

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