Enter at your own risk: Judgments of harassment in traditional and nontraditional workplaces


A total of 249 participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 6 conditions that varied the severity of a sexual harassment scenario (mild/severe) as well as the occupation in which the incidents took place (traditionally female/gender neutral/traditionally male). After reading brief scenarios, participants made a series of judgments and completed a measure of sex role stereotyping. The findings were not consistent with Sex Role Stereotyping Theory (SRST) in that the traditionally male and female occupations showed the highest ratings of harassment severity. However, consistent with attributional models that suggest fault for negative outcomes are often shared between victim and perpetrator, participants judged the harassment in the traditionally male environment to be expected. Additionally, those scoring highest on a measure of sex role stereotyping also held the greatest expectations about harassment, which in turn were significantly correlated with the degree to which the victim was held responsible for the harassment. Copyright 2011 American Journal of Forensic Psychology.

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American Journal of Forensic Psychology