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ERIC Number: EJ1069415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1947-380X
Perceptions of Sexual Harassment in Athletic Training
Shingles, René Revis; Smith, Yevonne
Athletic Training Education Journal, v3 n3 p102-107 Jul-Sep 2008
Objective: To describe and analyze the experiences of ethnically diverse female certified athletic trainers (ATCs) in order to discern the perceived nature of sexual harassment in the athletic training profession. Design and Setting: Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used for a larger study; however, only the qualitative data are presented here. An in-depth telephone interview survey for the larger study was developed, of which several questions pertained to sexual harassment. Participants: An ethnically diverse group of twenty-five female ATCs (American Indian/Alaskan Native; Asian/Pacific Island; Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic), five from each ethnic/racial group, participated in the interview. Measurements: Data were collected via an in-depth telephone interview. Female ATCs were asked if they had experienced sexual harassment in the classroom, clinical rotation or on the job. The data were analyzed using Vaughn, Schumm and Sinagub's five step method of qualitative data 1 analysis. Results: Regardless of race/ethnicity or date of certification, women perceived they experienced sexual harassment when the incident involved physical abuse or created a threatening environment. Comments and jokes of a sexual nature were perceived as "boys being boys," rather than as sexual harassment. Conclusions: The data suggest diverse female ATCs do not have a clear understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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