ERIC Number: ED288119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
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Sexual Harassment of Women Graduate Students: The Impact of Institutional Factors.
Fuehrer, Ann; Schilling, Karen Maitland
Sexual harassment is one concern of women graduate students in community psychology programs. When a sexual relationship exists between male faculty and female students, the distribution of power reflects the subordinate status of women and the dominant position of men. Many studies have documented the negative consequences of sexual contact between faculty and students. Walker, Erickson, and Woolsey (1985) suggest three sets of ethical issues raised by such contact: (1) unwanted sexual advances limit the victim's ability to choose when and with whom she will have a sexual relationship; (2) sexualization of a professional relationship interferes with mentoring; and (3) the mentor abuses his power to obtain personal gratification. Sexual harassment within academia may be understood within a framework which suggests that competing moralities are likely to perpetuate such behaviors. A lack of understanding between men and women about what a common set of behaviors means and a difference in perspectives on the role of relationships in the work environment may result in conflict. Community psychology programs can create an environment compatible with the needs of women students by recognizing faculty responsibility to provide equal opportunity to female graduate students in a climate free from sexual intimidation and by calling on universities to foster an empowering climate for these students. (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (59th, Chicago, IL, May 7-9, 1987).