ERIC Number: ED310319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-May
Causal Inference and Sexual Harassment: Hands-On Experience To Illustrate a Hands-Off Policy.
Zeller, Richard A.; Allgeier, Elizabeth Rice
This research investigated college students' attitudes toward allegations of sexual harassment involving college instructors and students. A procedure was developed that could be administered in a single class session, aimed at increasing students' understanding of the conditions under which causal inferences are appropriate, sensitizing them to the phenomenon of sexual harassment, and examining students' perceptions of what constitutes harassment. Eight versions of a vignette involving a sexual liaison between an instructor and a student were developed, in which three factors were varied: (1) the party initiating the liaison; (2) the age of the student; and (3) the grade assigned for the course (either B or A). College students (N=255) participated in the research, during which students read the eight vignettes and recorded causal hypotheses relating to judgments of sexual harassment in each case. Results showed that the students' judgments of the instructor's guilt in the vignette were most influenced by his decision about the final grade. References are included. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (61st, Chicago, IL, May 4-6, 1989).