Faculty Publications

Title

Upsetting behavior: Reactions to personal and bystander sexual harassment experiences

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Appraisal, Bystander harassment, Sexual harassment, Workplace stress

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Sex Roles

Volume

55

Issue

3-4

First Page

187

Last Page

195

Abstract

The current research was designed to examine objective and contextual factors related to the appraisal of potentially sexually harassing situations. Working female participants (n∈=∈208) from a mid-sized southwestern university completed a workplace experiences survey in small groups. The majority of participants were Hispanic/Latina (77.9%). We predicted that characteristics of personal harassment experiences (e.g., number of distinct types of behaviors experienced, frequency, duration) and bystander harassment experiences would contribute independently to how upset women were by their own sexual harassment experiences. Results indicated that characteristics of personal harassment experiences and bystander experiences did predict how upset women were by their own gender harassment and by unwanted sexual attention experiences. Results are discussed in terms of the importance of considering multiple types of workplace stressors (e.g., personal and bystander sexual harassment experiences) and their relation to the appraisal process. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006.

Original Publication Date

8-1-2006

DOI of published version

10.1007/s11199-006-9072-5

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