ERIC Number: ED359379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Barriers to Women Entering the Workforce: Sexual Harassment.
Bernstein, Joan D.; And Others
New Jersey Equity Research Bulletin, n2 Fall 1992
One of four research projects designed to examine barriers to the entrance of women into nontraditional careers, the study summarized here examined the attitudes held by 638 New Jersey high school students, teachers, and other professionals at comprehensive and vocational-technical high schools toward sexual harassment. 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. Age was related to the perception of sexual harassment for all behaviors except for touching and gestures: respondents aged 16-18 were consistently less likely to perceive behaviors as sexual harassment than were individuals aged 13-15 or over 18. Caucasian respondents were more likely to perceive noises, work assignments, threats to job security, conditional pay, and work hours as sexual harassment. Jokes were found to be particularly offensive to Hispanic respondents, and Asian respondents were less likely to view noises as 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. Females indicated they would be much more likely to report sexual harassment in settings with a clear policy regarding sexual harassment. (Contains 13 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montclair State Coll., Upper Montclair, NJ. Life Skills Center.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey