ERIC Number: ED359378
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Study To Examine Actions Perceived as Sexual Harassment.
Reilly, Linda B.; And Others
A study examined the relationship between selected demographic characteristics and attitude toward sexual harassment. The study population consisted of high school students and adults enrolled in traditional and nontraditional training programs and teachers in 12 New Jersey school districts. Sixty-three percent (638) of the 1,020 questionnaires originally mailed to gender equity project directors were returned with usable data. Study participants were asked if they considered 10 different behaviors to be sexual harassment. Female respondents were more likely to consider the behaviors to be sexual harassment than were male respondents; however, both males and females felt that forms of sexual harassment in which job security, compensation, or work assignments were conditional on sexual favors were most offensive. Respondents aged 16-18 were consistently less likely to perceive behaviors as sexual harassment than were individuals aged 13-15 or over 18. Race also influenced perceptions of sexual harassment. Caucasians and Hispanics were most sensitive to sexual harassment. Students enrolled in traditional career preparation programs were significantly more likely to be sensitive to sexual harassment than those enrolled in nontraditional programs. (The survey data are displayed in 13 tables and the survey instrument is appended. Contains 24 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Adult and Occupational Education.
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey