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ERIC Number: EJ861482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
In Harm's Way: Factors Related to Psychological Distress following Sexual Harassment
Collinsworth, Linda L.; Fitzgerald, Louise F.; Drasgow, Fritz
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n4 p475-490 Dec 2009
The negative consequences for victims of sexual harassment are well documented. However, one area unexamined is the process that leads to harm. Researchers have proposed three influences (i.e., objective or stimulus factors, individual factors, and contextual factors) on the psychological, health-related, and organizational outcomes of sexual harassment. This article examines the relative contribution of these influences on psychological distress following sexual harassment. Two studies were conducted. First, we examined approximately 1,200 women in a financial industry class-action lawsuit. A series of hierarchical regressions and subsequent dominance analysis revealed that the severity of the experiences and attributions made about them were the most important influences on symptoms of psychological distress. Study 2 examined 85 female plaintiffs in sexual harassment litigation. Dominance analysis again showed that the magnitude of their experiences had the strongest relationship with distress. Implications of these findings are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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