ERIC Number: ED228394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Sex-Related Job Pressures on Male and Female Employees of Public Vocational Education Agencies in the Southeastern Region of the United States.
Iverson, Maynard J.
A study investigated the nature and extent of sexual harassment among vocational educators of both sexes in the Southeastern United States. Other objectives of the study were to assess the policies and procedures available for employees and to develop guidelines for dealing with the problem. After mailing questionnaires to a 5 percent random sample of American Vocational Association members in the region, researchers obtained usable responses from 443 of the 735 eligible subjects. While only 29 respondents indicated that they had experienced harassment during the past 3 years, 44 teachers reported observing harassment. Comments with sexual meanings were the most commonly mentioned form of harassment, occurring occasionally or as often as 82.6 percent of the time. Because the victim's most frequent response to the harassment was to ignore it, no change took place in more than one-third of the cases. The major recommended means to stop harassment were to use care in dress, to clarify marital status or commitment to others, and to object openly to the action. In terms of general attitudes toward sex in the workplace, the respondents upheld traditional views. Based on the findings of the study, 10 guidelines were offered for dealing with sexual harassment in vocational education. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh.