Who says it's sexual harassment? The effects of gender and likelihood to sexually harass on legal judgments of sexual harassment

Linda M. Isbell, Kristin Swedish, Daniel B. Gazan

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The effects of participants' gender and propensity to sexually harass were examined in a sexual harassment case in which the gender of the harassers and victim were manipulated systematically. Male and female participants scoring either high or low on the Likelihood to Sexually Harass (LSH) scale (Pryor, 1987) reviewed an ostensibly real hostile work environment case and made judgments about the case. When participants were the same gender as the victim, individual differences in LSH failed to influence their judgments. When the participants' gender was the opposite of the victim's, those low in LSH perceived the behaviors as more likely to be sexual harassment than those high in LSH. These results are discussed and their implications considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-772
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


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  • Social Psychology

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