ERIC Number: ED210568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Experiences of Sexual Harassment: Results from a Representative Survey.
Gutek, Barbara A.
Sexual harassment at work has recently received considerable attention. Working men (N=405) and women (N=827) in Los Angeles County responded to questions about respondent's work, job characteristics, and work climate. Other questions concerned the respondent's experience of socio-sexual behaviors on current and previous jobs, definitions of sexual harassment, attitudes about male-female interaction at work, and demographic characteristics. Results from descriptions of respondents' experiences showed that, compared to those of men, the comments of women about sexual touching, expected socializing, or expected sexual activity were more likely to be called sexual harassment by an independent rater. In terms of definitions of sexual harassment, women were more likely than men to consider certain behaviors as sexual harassment. Descriptions of initiators of sexual activities, information concerning negative consequences of sexual harassment, issues of organizational ambience, and worker attitudes suggest that a great deal of ambiguity surrounds the issue of sexuality at work. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sexual Harassment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).