Perceptions of sexual and nonsexual harassment

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dc.contributor.advisor Stinson, Veronica
dc.creator Poirier, Shannon M.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:32:08Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:32:08Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.other HF5549.5 S45 P65 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22471
dc.description vii, 140 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 80-86).
dc.description.abstract Recent research suggests that sexual harassment may have serious psychological and job-related consequences for victims. Most research has focussed on men's sexual harassment of women. Other researchers have suggested that people experience other harassing behaviours at work that are not sexual, but have similar negative consequences. The purpose of this study was to examine perceptions of same-sex and opposite-sex sexual harassment, nonsexual harassment, and harassment involving a threat. Participants were 175 undergraduate students who listened to 1 of 16 audiotaped vignettes in which a man or a woman described having been the target of harassment that was either sexual or nonsexual, contained either a verbal comment alone or the same verbal comment and a job-related threat. The gender of the harasser was also manipulated. Participants then completed a questionnaire that measured their reactions to the scenario. Results showed that although sexual situations were somewhat more likely than nonsexual situations to be defined as harassment, the severity of psychological and job-related consequences attributed to the target did not differ as a function of whether the harassment was sexual or nonsexual. Job-related threats were perceived as having more negative consequences than verbal comments alone. Overall, women attributed more negative consequences to the target of harassment than did men. However, consistent with previous research, this effect is qualified by an interaction between gender of the participant and self-esteem.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HF5549.5.S45
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual harassment
dc.subject.lcsh Harassment
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role in the work environment
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual harassment of men
dc.subject.lcsh Sexual harassment of women
dc.title Perceptions of sexual and nonsexual harassment
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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