ERIC Number: ED381709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Sensitivity to Verbally and Physically Harassing Behaviors and Reported Incidents in Junior High/Middle School Students.
Turner, Penelope B.
This thesis investigates the sensitivity of junior high/middle school students to statements depicting verbal and physical sexual harassment. The independent variables that were investigated included gender, grade level, age, size of district, grades received, participation in sports, birth order, developmental level, and self-esteem. Students (N=201) in grades 6, 7, and 8 completed questionnaires consisting of 4 instruments. Results supported the following generalizations: (1) females have greater sensitivity to Verbal Harassing Behaviors than do males; (2) females have greater sensitivity to Physical Harassing Behaviors than do males; (3) grade level and the size of the school district influenced the dependent variable Physical Harassing Behaviors; (4) participation in sports and birth order affected the dependent variable Verbal Harassing Behaviors; (5) grades received, participation in sports, and birth order correlated with the dependent variable Physical Harassing Behaviors; and (6) subjects reported high sensitivity. It is hoped that these results will increase faculty and administration awareness of the sensitivity of students to harassing behaviors. Six tables and six figures illustrate statistical findings. Appendices include the questionnaire and permission letters. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers: Harassment; Sensitivity Analysis; Youth Studies
Note: Master's Thesis, Fort Hays State University.