Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Seventy-two women participated in a study that compared factors that influenced the perception of sexual harassment Participants' ages ranged from 18 to 66 years (M = 24.03, SD = 8.12). The variables studied were the physical attractiveness of the harasser (low or high), the job level of the harasser relative to the target (equal or superior), and the level of sexual harassment in the stories read by the participants (low or moderate). The Sexual Harassment Perception Scale (SHPS) was used to measure the perception of sexual harassment Analysis of variance indicated that physically attractive males were perceived as less harassing than physically unattractive males, F(1, 68) = 5.44, p < .05. Stories that featured more ambiguous harassing behaviors were found to be less harassing than stories that had more harassing behaviors, F(1, 68) = 21.26, p < .01. The job level of the harasser relative to the target did not affect the perception of sexual harassment.
BF1 .M63 v. 5 no. 1 1997
Savery, Mark E.
"Sexual harassment perception as influenced by a harasser's physical attractiveness and job level,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol5/iss1/6