Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The current purpose was to determine the relationship between participant homonegativity, sexual harassment myth acceptance, and perceptions of sexual harassment where the gender of the target and harasser varied. Contrary to the hypothesis, higher and lower homonegativity participants did not differ in their perceptions of harassment severity, realism, or consequence and higher homonegativity participants did not report any differences in perceptions between the different-sex and same-sex scenarios. However as hypothesized, participant homonegativity was positively correlated with sexual harassment myth acceptance. Interestingly, participants higher in homonegativity or sexual harassment myth acceptance were more likely to rate the harassment as less severe and had less of an emotional reaction. The current results imply that regardless of the type sexual harassment (different or same-sex), higher homonegativitly participants may not react in institutionally appropriate ways regarding sexual harassment in the workplace.
Ready, Emily J.; Bologna, Hannah S.; Goodmon, Leilani B.; and Smith, Patrick
"The relationship between homonegativity, sexual harassment myth acceptance, harasser and target sex, and perceptions of sexual harassment,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 26:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol26/iss1/7