ERIC Number: ED282118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Affective and Attributional Reactions to Sexual Harassment as Determined by Outcome.
Carducci, Bernardo J.
In research on media depiction of violence against women, two variables that have been identified as important in predicting affective and attributional responses are the sex of the subject and the victim's affective reaction to the outcome of sexual aggression. In most previous research the act of sexual aggression has involved rape. In this study, 54 male and 111 female college students read a brief scenario describing an incident of sexual harassment in which the female victim experienced a positive or negative affective or physical outcome. The subjects' affective and attributional reactions were assessed by their responses to a series of 11-point scales. The results indicated that the positive affective outcome resulted in more responsibility being attributed to the victim while a negative physical outcome resulted in more control being attributed to the harasser. A negative physical outcome resulted in the most unpleasant affective reactions experienced by subjects and the greatest willingness to report such incidents to others. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).