ERIC Number: ED289091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug-29
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Sexual Harassment on Three College Campuses.
Sigal, Janet; And Others
Previous research on sexual harassment on college campuses identified a third category of respondent in addition to victims and harassers. These victim-harassers were individuals who both harassed others and who had been harassed themselves. Undergraduates (N=692) from three colleges completed questionnaires about their experience as victims and aggressors in campus sexual harassment. The results revealed that about one-fifth of the total sample had been victims, one-fifth had been harassers, one-fifth had been victim-harassers, and two-fifths had had no victimization experience. Most victims were females, most harassers were males, and victim-harassers were about evenly divided as to gender. Possible interpretations of the victim-harasser phenomenon include modeling, retaliation, identification with the aggressor, and misperception of one's own victimization experience as a way of rationalizing harassment of others. Differences among victimization rates on the three campuses are discussed. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).