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ERIC Number: ED191350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Sexual Harassment on a University Campus: The Confluence of Authority Relations, Sexual Interest and Gender Stratification.
Benson, Donna Joan; Thomson, Gregg E.
Twenty women responded to a student newspaper ad at the University of California, Berkeley to discuss in confidence personal experiences of sexual harassment. Information gained was used to develop a seven-page questionnaire with both open and closed-ended questions on sexual harassment experiences. It was mailed to a random sample of 400 female seniors. Harassment was defined as "any unwanted sexual leers, suggestions, comments, or physical contact which you find objectionable." More than 95 percent of the 169 respondents reported knowing at least one woman who had been harassed by a male instructor; 55 percent had themselves had such an experience. Almost three-quarters of the respondents felt such occurrence constituted a serious problem. Specific comments from the questionnaires provide material for further analysis. It is concluded that the experience of sexual harassment both reinforces the devaluation of women's abilities and contributes to the erosion of commitment to other than traditional roles; it inhibits the development of mentor relationships with male professionals. Some response tabulations and specific responses are presented. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Univ., Berkeley. Office of Academic Affairs.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sexual Harassment; University of California Berkeley