Master of Arts (MA)
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Margaret A. Kennedy
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The awareness of sexual harassment has been growing within the workplace, in the home, and within public areas. The #MeToo movement has shined light on this issue in recent years. This study aimed to understand how college students perceive sexual harassment within three scenarios: a music student and their teacher, two coworkers, and between an academic advisor and an adult student. This study included 531 responses from a diverse student population at a Southwest university. Consistent with previous findings, women were more likely to recognize sexually harassing behaviors. There were no significant gender differences in blame attribution in any of the three scenarios. Victims of childhood sexual abuse were more likely to recognize sexually harassing behavior in the child scenario. Previous experiences of sexual harassment were significant in the two student scenarios. Race was only significant in the music student scenario. Finally, we found sexual harassment acknowledgment and blame attribution were significant in the coworker scenario when compared to the adult student scenario.
blame attribution; college students; perceptions; race; sexual harassment; vignette
Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Barti, Hannah E., "Finish This Over Drinks? A Study of Sexual Harassment Perceptions" (2023). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4640.
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