ERIC Number: ED300737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May-1
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Severity and Gender Effects on Ratings of Sexual Harassment.
Allen, Mary J.; And Others
Sexual harassment of college students by college faculty is not an uncommon occurrence and may influence women's career decisions to enter male-dominated professions. Attitudes about sexual harassment of college students by professors were examined among 84 male and 84 female college students. Each student was shown one of six scenarios based on three professor-student interactions that varied in harassment severity and gender of harasser and victim. Subjects were then asked to judge the appropriateness of the professor's behavior on a five-point scale from appropriate to extremely inappropriate. The students were also asked whether the professor's behavior should be reported. A factorial analysis of variance was conducted to assess the effects of gender of student, gender of victim, and level of harassment severity on perceived appropriateness. A main effect was found for level of harassment severity and for gender of student. Students' recommendations to report the professor's behavior were significantly related to manipulated severity and to rated severity, but not to gender of the rater or the victim. More serious acts of harassment were rated as more inappropriate and more deserving of being reported. Women rated behaviors as more inappropriate than did men. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (68th, Burlingame, CA, April 28-May 1, 1988). For related document, see CG 021 234.