Attitudes and perceptions of workers to sexual harrassment

McCabe, Marita and Hardman, Lisa 2005, Attitudes and perceptions of workers to sexual harrassment, Journal of social psychology, vol. 145, no. 6, pp. 719-740, doi: 10.3200/SOCP.145.6.719-740.

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Title Attitudes and perceptions of workers to sexual harrassment
Author(s) McCabe, Marita
Hardman, Lisa
Journal name Journal of social psychology
Volume number 145
Issue number 6
Start page 719
End page 740
Publisher Heldref Publications
Place of publication Washington D.C.
Publication date 2005-12
ISSN 0022-4545
Keyword(s) attitudes
organisational factors
sexual harrassment
Summary The authors investigated how individual factors (age, gender, gender role, past experiences of sexual harassment) and organizational factors (gender ratio, sexual harassment policies, the role of employers) related to workers' attitudes toward and perceptions of sexual harassment. In Study 1, participants were 176 workers from a large, white-collar organization. In Study 2, participants were 75 workers from a smaller, blue-collar organization. Individuals from Study 2 experienced more sexual harassment, were more tolerant of sexual harassment, and perceived less behavior as sexual harassment than did individuals from Study 1. For both samples, organizational and individual factors predicted workers' attitudes toward and experiences of sexual harassment. Individual factors—such as age, gender, gender role, past experiences of sexual harassment, and perceptions of management's tolerance of sexual harassment—predicted attitudes toward sexual harassment. Workers' attitudes, the behavioral context, and the gender of the victim and perpetrator predicted perceptions of sexual harassment. The authors discussed the broader implications of these findings and suggested recommendations for future research.

Language eng
DOI 10.3200/SOCP.145.6.719-740
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007 Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation
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